By Nik Brumsack

Arsène Wenger believes his team must believe in themselves if they are to turn around their recent run of form.

After surrendering a two-goal lead against Schalke in midweek, Arsenal relinquished the same advantage against Fulham on Saturday.

Wenger admits he is frustrated by his team’s inability to close out games of late - especially because he feels their performances have deserved more.

“You cannot say you are happy about that [Saturday’s 3-3 draw],” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “The good thing is you can be 2-0 up, the bad thing is that you have to defend with more drive, more belief and that’s where we were guilty I feel.

“It’s a shame because I think what these players have given in the last three games, at Manchester [United], at Schalke, and [Saturday] they deserve to be rewarded. But we are not because we have to deal better with some situations - especially when you’re 2-0 up.

“We had the possibility to win the game and of course you have a lot of regrets when you’ve gone through so many emotions. I think there are some things that happened in the game that of course you are not happy with because we are 2-0 up and give a goal away on a corner without anybody jumping for the ball. It’s nearly unbelievable.

“In the second half we have shown a great spirit, but you cannot say that you can be happy when you score three goals at home and you don’t win the game.”

Watch the full interview with Wenger on Arsenal Player

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12 Nov 2012