No more slip-ups, warns Gunners boss ahead of tonight's clash against Blackburn Rovers
Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal's dismal start to the season means his side have no margin for error when they face Blackburn at Ewood Park today. Wenger's side recovered from the 8-2 mauling they received at the hands of Manchester United by claiming their first league win of the season against Swansea.
That narrow 1-0 victory result prompted relief and was followed by a 1-1 draw at Borussia Dortmund, ensuring Arsenal's Champions League campaign got off on a positive note. But a solitary win in four league games is hardly the mark of a side with title ambitions and Wenger admits it will take a more consistent run of results to change the growing view that Arsenal are losing ground on the two Manchester clubs, United and City, and Chelsea.
"We feel we have turned the corner, but we will be judged by the consistency of our results," he said.
"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 sceptisicm 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 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. We have to show performances, consistency and attitude quality." Midfielder Aaron Ramsey is doubtful while Thomas Vermaelen, Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby are still several weeks away from a return.
Steve Kean, meanwhile, insists he is not feeling the pressure amid calls from supporters to remove him from his manager's post at Blackburn. Rovers are stranded bottom of the Premier League with just one point from four games, prompting moves by some fans to oust him. They have launched an on-line petition and 1,000 supporters plan to march to Ewood Park as they demand that Indian-based owners Venky's act. Venky's chiefs have urged the disgruntled faithful to give their backing to the club.