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The Gunners boss claimed the north London club will kick on after a mixed start and also shared his views on the problem of persistent standing in football stadiums

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his side will improve in the second half of the season and “make up the points” on the teams directly above them in the Premier League.

The Gunners currently find themselves in seventh after an inconsistent start to their league campaign, although they can move up to fourth if they win their game in hand.

And the Frenchman is adamant the north London club will get better as the season progresses.

“We will [do better in the second half of the season],” Wenger told reporters.

“We are behind our schedule and we have to make up the points we miss at the moment. We just want to win the next game.

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“Football is not as mathematical as that. We have played many away games, we have a good home run until the end of the season.

“Our team has grown together, because we rebuilt the team at the start of the season. Overall what is important for us is to improve the quality of our displays and focus just on that. Points will come.”

Wenger also aired his views on the topical issue of standing on the terraces, suggesting that people should be forced to sit and backing Sunderland’s decision to ban 38 fans for persistent standing.

“If they have somebody behind them, of course [supporters should be forced to sit], because people can't see the game,” he said.

“They have paid for seating places and you want to be in a position where you get what you pay for.

“Sunderland are right [to ban supporters for standing]. I would love people to be able to stand and I would love to have people behind the goal for example. But if it is only seating, you cannot stand up.”

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