By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger is not thinking about how much Arsenal can achieve this season - he just wants to win the next game.
The Frenchman has seen his side lose four of their first seven fixtures in the Premier League to leave them adrift of their rivals for a top-four finish.
Arsenal are back in action this Sunday when Sunderland visit Emirates Stadium and, at his pre-match press conference, Wenger was asked what his targets were for the rest of the campaign. He only has one for now.
"What we are hopeful for and what we can achieve is to win our next game," said the manager.
"It is seven games played, we have had some difficult away games. I am convinced we have good potential, we have rebuilt the team and of course we were a bit disturbed at the start of the season for different reasons. But we just want to focus on short term at the moment, we are not in a position to make long-term plans."
Confidence is a fragile commodity in football and Wenger has been working hard to keep his players' self-belief high in recent weeks. But he has seen enough from his team to predict a bright future.
"You can never say that the confidence is at the top when you lose a big game. Confidence is of course affected but we still believe in the way we play and want to behave," he said.
"With confidence you fight to get it back. We had a good series of results just before we lost to Tottenham and from that game I think there were many positives. We have to respond quickly now because there is a big gap between us and the top teams and we want to reduce that as quickly as possible.
"We speak always together, individually and collectively. The way we speak with our game is on the football pitch. That is the best way."Copyright 2017 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