Arsène Wenger knows it is essential for Arsenal beat West Ham United on Wednesday night.

Victory for Wenger’s men will see them cut the gap to fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur to four points as the race for a Champions League spot intensifies.

Wenger reaction
Video Poster

After watching his side concede early goals in their last two Premier League matches, Wenger wants Arsenal to start well and capitalise on their game in hand.

“It is vital for us,” he told Arsenal Player.

“We are in a position where you are of course concerned by where we are. It’s very difficult to accept because you feel there is a lot of quality in the team but football is [about] efficiency and spirit of efficiency.

“You cannot test the water and then decide what you do. We have to start with full cylinders from the first minute.

“The quality is there. I always hope that it will strengthen the belief of our team. At the moment we have a battle on that front and hopefully we’ll sort that out very quickly.”

Watch the full interview with the boss on Arsenal Player.

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Nik Brumsack 21 Jan 2013