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Wenger: Arsenal lacking confidence

December 3, 2012
By Kevin Palmer

Arsene Wenger has vowed to fight on as Arsenal manager, though he admits his side have suffered from an alarming confidence collapse as the post mortem continues into Saturday's 2-0 home defeat against Swansea.

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The Arsenal boss has faced a rising tide of discontent from his famously loyal supporters in recent weeks and while he has confirmed he will review his position at the end of the season, the Frenchman has moved to insist he is not ready to walk away from his duties just yet.

Wenger's current Arsenal contract runs until 2014 and he has stressed he will not walk away before then, despite overseeing his w orst start to a Premier League season.

"If you ask me always about my future, I can only give you one answer; I always respected my contracts, and that is it," Wenger said in the Daily Mirror. "I feel I have to focus on the job to see how we can sort our problems out.

"We lost a game and even though it is a massive disappointment, I do not want to go straight away to general conclusions. We want to win the next one.

"You can see from the results that it is difficult for everybody at the moment. All the teams. Even those who have invested a lot of money, it's difficult for everybody."

Wenger's repeated suggestions that his side are suffering from tiredness suggests fitness issues are part of Arsenal's failings this season and he has risked inflaming the already fractious Gunners faithful by insisting their opinions are not his major concern ahead of their Champions League trip to face Olympiacos on Tuesday night.

"I want our fans to be happy and to be over the moon, but I cannot say it affects the way I feel," Wenger said. "You look at the moment at this uncertainty amongst the fans, where there is not complete confidence that we will win games.

"I don't know if it has an influence on our performance. We have to look at the solution from inside and not expect too much from outside.

"I believe that at the moment we cannot be satisfied with the quality of our game, but at the moment that is more important than the psychological side.

"At home we have struggled with confidence and belief. It's difficult to put a finger on it because we won 5-2 against Tottenham and we had not lost for a while."

Arsenal are expected to make a number of additions to their squad in the January transfer window, with rumours linking them with Wilfried Zaha, Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Thierry Henry.

But Wenger insists he is focussed on finishing off the year with positive results.

"Until January we have a lot of important games," he said. "We will decide that [transfers] in January, but at the moment we have to find solutions before January."

Meanwhile, reports suggest Wenger's assistant Steve Bould launched a vocal broadside at Arsenal's faltering players after the Swansea defeat that left the Gunners down in 10th spot in the Premier League.