By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger believes his players have the basic qualities to be successful this season - but they need to get the details right.
Arsenal resume their Premier League campaign against Sunderland on Sunday with plenty of ground to make up on their rivals for a top-four finish. There have been bright spots this season - home wins over Swansea and Bolton - but inconsistency has cost them points.
Wenger saw glimpses of Arsenal's best form at White Hart Lane last time out but once again he was left to bemoan the lapses that cost them a chance of victory.
"I would have loved to have played three days later," he told Arsenal Player, "because I felt the quality of performance was there but the outcome was very frustrating and somewhere I felt we punished ourselves.
"It is frustrating because I feel the basis inside the team is very good, that the quality of our play is improving game-to-game, that the attitude of the players is very good.
“But now it is time to transform all of that into positive results, knowing that to win or lose is not down to coincidence. It is down to concrete facts and these at the moment are details and not really basic qualities.
"We were not beaten on the day by a bad performance but because the details you need in big games were not on our side and that was very frustrating. The disappointment was big and ideally I would have loved to have played again soon afterwards. But maybe to get that game out of the players' heads it was better for them to have the international games."
The full interview with Wenger is now available on Arsenal Player.