Wenger feels Arsenal players need to rediscover self-belief

A lack of belief is at the root of Arsenal’s current problems, Arsene Wenger has claimed, as the Gunners manager challenges his players to rediscover their faith in their own abilities ahead of the vital Champions League meeting with Schalke, the BBC has reported.

Arsenal meekly fell to defeat in their last Premier League outing on Saturday, going down to a 2-1 loss against Manchester United in a match that saw the new league leaders barely troubled by their visitors from the capital.

Former Arsenal captain and striker Robin van Persie opened the scoring after a Thomas Vermaelen error, with Patrice Evra doubling the lead in the second-half. Santi Cazorla scored a consolation with what proved to be the last kick of the game.

But Wenger argued that Arsenal have more than enough ability to raise their game, pointing to the fact that, statistically, the Emirates Stadium side retain the best defence in the top flight with only eight goals conceded. The manager added, however, that the real problem lay further forward.

Wenger said: “At the moment they have forgotten how good they are. I believe that if you look at our overall performance we are indeed good, we are still the best defence in the league.

What is most important is that we play again with our enthusiasm, desire to create chances and enjoy our game, more than about ‘do we concede a goal or not’.

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