Wenger: Arsenal players need to show ‘belief and total commitment’

Arsene Wenger warns Arsenal that they must approach the big games with "belief and total commitment" after consecutive defeats

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Arsene Wenger has warned his Arsenal players that they must approach the big games with “belief and total commitment” following back-to-back losses to Manchester City and Chelsea.

The Gunners were made to pay for slow starts to both games, with Laurent Koscielny red-carded within 10 minutes against City, and the north Londoners finding themselves 2-0 down after 16 minutes at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Wenger, whose side host West Ham at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night, insists he has not questioned his side’s character despite the recent defeats.

But the Frenchman has called on his side to improve their concentration when it matters most.

“I don’t question the players’ character but then you look at the consistency of the results in the big games,” said Wenger.

“The attitude of the players is fantastic. They want to do well and are focused, but are maybe a bit too respectful in the big games. Every time we start to show what we can do, the game is already lost. That is what we have to change.

“The players come out and think ‘we could have done better’. But when you look at the first half we lost goals that we shouldn’t lose and 50:50s you cannot lose in big games. You have to go with a mentality in big games based on belief and total commitment.”

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