Belfast Telegraph

Wenger wants further improvement

Arsene Wenger maintains he takes no personal sense of gratification from Arsenal's resurgence - and insists there is "still room for improvement".

After a disastrous start to the new season, which saw them lose four of their opening seven Barclays Premier League matches, the Gunners have now chalked up four straight wins, while they are also in command of their Champions League group and have reached the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup, where they will host Manchester City.

Wenger came in for some of the toughest criticism of his 15-season tenure earlier in the campaign, but the Gunners boss insists he remains fully focused on continuing the momentum with victory at Norwich on Saturday, telling Arsenal Player: "At the moment I feel we are more focused - saying 'look I am right' is less important for me than trying to continue the quality of our team and our results. There is still room for improvement so we are focused on that."

Wenger added: "I am convinced we have been right, but what you want is that people who love Arsenal are happy and I think at the moment to do that we still have a job to do."

Wenger believes a "less cavalier" approach has helped the Gunners take the maximum-points haul since losing at Tottenham on October 2.

"I would say we are a bit more controlled and less cavalier. We are less adventurous when the job is done, I must say," he said.

"You can feel that there is some reserve there if needed.

"In the second half against West Brom we just kept it serious without going overboard. Overall I would say it is a more mature attitude.

"We were more functional. We did the job properly, with quality and, I must say, with seriousness."

Arsenal have most of their first-team squad away on international duty, but will be relieved Holland agreed to the early release of in-form skipper Robin van Persie, who will not feature in the Oranje's friendly with Germany on Tuesday having played through the goalless draw against Switzerland on Friday.


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