By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger believes nerves are to blame for Arsenal’s tendency to squander leads this season.

Although Manchester United have dropped more points from winning positions, Arsenal have suffered perhaps the most dramatic late setbacks after letting a two-goal lead slip at home to Tottenham, shipping four second-half goals at Newcastle and conceding an equaliser with the last kick of the game against Liverpool.

Wenger’s frustration was obvious after the final whistle at Emirates Stadium on Sunday and he thinks that his players need to be calmer when they get their noses in front.

“I would say the nerves [are to blame],” Wenger told Arsenal.com.

“There was no need to do anything against Liverpool, the ball was going away from goal.

“First of all we missed the goal kick, the kick out, and you wonder how.

“For me, the main reason was the nerves. The team wants to do well but they [were] not calm enough.”

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