Arsenal suffering from lack of confidence, claims Wenger

The Gunners have won just two and drawn five of their first eight Premier League games and the Frenchman feels that they have shown "95 per cent" of what they need to succeed
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that a lack of confidence is why his team have struggled this season.

With just two wins in eight Premier League matches, the Gunners stand seventh and are already 11 points behind leaders Chelsea.

Wenger, whose side visit Sunderland on Saturday, is frustrated but insists that he cannot fault the attitude of his squad or their quality.

"I think 95 per cent is there. It is normal that after a World Cup, and we have new players, you see the main thing is there – the attitude, the quality," he told reporters, "but the water boils at 100 degrees and not at 99 - and we have to add that degree.

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"It is frustrating but we have to play better. That is how we have to think.

"We dominate our games. It is just, when we have a weaker moment, we pay for it. That is why I think we have to produce more effort defensively as a team.

"We could be more efficient offensively and defensively but that will come. I can understand that better because there are players who are new. I think we are never in positions where we have the lead for a long time, we are always chasing back. Of course that makes it more difficult offensively.

"We have to win at Sunderland. I cannot deny that. I believe it is linked with confidence at the moment but I cannot fault the attitude."

Wenger is unfazed by Chelsea's impressive start to the campaign, despite Jose Mourinho's men being five points clear of nearest rivals Manchester City, declaring that his focus is on Arsenal and nobody else.

Asked whether a win for Manchester United over the Blues on Sunday could provide an opening for a recovery, the Frenchman replied: "That doesn't help us if we don't produce the performances," Wenger said..

"We don't produce the results at the moment. We have not to look at Chelsea, we have to look at ourselves and just get the results. I look at how we can be more efficient. That's my only worry."

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