By Joe Brewin
Arsène Wenger believes there are enough leaders in his Arsenal squad to handle the pressure this season.
The team have endured a difficult opening to the Premier League season with defeats against Liverpool and Manchester United; although securing Champions League qualification with a victory against Udinese did provide some respite.
Now Wenger has challenged the bigger characters in the squad to stand up for the cause once more, and says there is enough personality to deal with the demands on his side.
“The pressure has been on since the start of the season and the pressure was even bigger on the Udinese game - but we responded well,” the boss said.
“But I think we have counted six or seven [international] captains in the squad now. So they’re all big personalities.
“Like you, I will discover who [are the leaders]. I have some idea but I wouldn’t like to prioritise one more than the other at the moment.”
The Gunners boss admitted red cards had hampered his side’s chances so far this season, but believes they can show the desired character once again on Saturday for the visit of Swansea.
“I think the team collapsed completely when Man United scored the fourth goal and the last 20 minutes were very, very difficult.
“But overall, until now, we have showed quite good character and it’s a good opportunity to show that again tomorrow.
“What happened as well and where we need to be cautious is that we played the first three Premier League games with ten men. It’s not the best way to win football matches.”Copyright 2013 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 9 Sep 2011