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Wenger: Arsenal will hold nerve

Arsene Wenger accepts it is a “vicious circle” when his Arsenal team face continual questions about their mental strength, but has no doubt they have the character to win their last five matches and be crowned Barclays Premier League champions.

The Gunners, who head to Bolton tomorrow, slipped to third in the table after they failed to hold onto a 3-1 lead at Tottenham in midweek.

“It is a vicious circle problem and you can only deal with that with calmly and by dominating your nerves,” said Wenger. “Our defenders are under pressure because they are criticised for not holding on for results, that makes the problem a little bit worse.

“I feel what is important is to continue to play whatever the score is. I feel we need to keep our nerves more and communicate better.

“We try to get the players to focus on continuing to play in a calm way, but we must as well give some credit to the opponents.

“We are on a 16-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, so at least we don't have a losing mentality. It's down to us to transform the draws into a winning habit.”

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