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Arsenal boss Wenger vows to silence critics with wins

Arsene Wenger has a simple solution to stop the critics rounding on Arsenal - win games.

The Gunners have endured one of the most testing starts to a campaign under Wenger's tenure, which resulted in them being thrashed 8-2 at Manchester United before the international break as the weaknesses of squad which sold captain Cesc Fabregas and playmaker Samir Nasri were exposed.

However, Arsenal followed up what was a nervy first Barclays Premier League victory over Swansea with a hard-earned 1-1 away draw at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday night.



Assistant manager Pat Rice, who took charge of the team at Signal Iduna Park as Wenger served a European touchline ban, felt the squad had turned the corner as they looked to the challenges ahead.



Wenger, though, firmly believes the time for positive rhetoric is over as he prepares for Saturday's trip to bottom club Blackburn.



"We must win. We live in an environment that questions us when we don't win. We do not criticise that and have to live with that," the Arsenal manager said.



"We have to show performances, consistency and attitude quality, that makes us respected. It is as simple as that.



"That is why it is as important that we do not talk too much and play as well as we can."



Wenger added: "We feel we have turned the corner, but we will be judged by the consistency of our results.



"Inside the club, we feel we are on the right track, the spirit in the team is good, strong and together.



"We want to change the scepticism around us, but that will only be if we are consistent with our results.



"Let's get result after result, stick together and not talk too much.



"We have a desire, the strength and the quality - it's now just down to us to put the effort in every single game. I am confident we can do that."



Wenger added five signings in the week leading up to transfer deadline day, with only South Korea captain Park Chu-Young yet to get some game time, but he is expected to feature at Ewood Park.



The Gunners manager is confident his choices - also bringing in defensive duo Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos as well as Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun - were sound.



"I believe that if you look at the class of their attitude we were right, at their intelligence level we were right and at their quality we were right," Wenger said.



"They need a little bit of time to get to know the other players well and find a balance in the team."



Arsenal were pushed back for long spells by a fluid Dortmund team.



Wenger, though, has no worries his team will soon be back to their free-flowing best.



He said: "You lose confidence quickly with the result we made at Old Trafford, and gain it back slowly. We will try to do that from game to game - work hard for each other and get back, then the other side of our game will come out."



Arsenal will have Alex Song and Gervinho available after serving three-match domestic suspensions from the opening game at Newcastle, while Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey could return from the ankle problem which ruled him out of the midweek trip to Germany.



While Rovers may have plenty of problems themselves, the owners issuing a public statement calling for fans to get behind the team, Wenger is not expecting anything other than a stern test for Saturday's lunchtime kick-off.



"In the Premier League when you go away from home you want a top performance to make the result, but I am confident we can do that," he said.

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