Arsène Wenger has warned his players not to become obsessed by missed chances.
The last week has been frustrating for Arsenal fans. Twice they have dominated visitors to Emirates Stadium, twice they have been thwarted. A mixture of solid defending, gymnastic goalkeeping, sloppy finishing and pure, unadulterated bad luck has led to draws with Everton and CSKA when wins were more than warranted. Before the weekend trip to West Ham, Wenger called on his side to remain calm and the rewards will come.
"We want to play a game based on quick passing, being creative in the final third and, of course, putting the ball in the net," said the manager. "The first two were right but No 3 was wrong. Why?
"I'm convinced that you have to be very competitive but also very composed. On Wednesday we lacked a bit of composure in front of goal and that problem increased because it became bigger and bigger every time we missed a chance. The next player thought 'if I have a chance, I really have to put it in'.
"That is when you build the basis in you head to miss the next one. If we have been 2-0 up then I'm sure that the next one would have gone in.
"It has happened before, it happens every year. But at the same time you think, we scored four at Reading when we took our first chance two weeks ago, so it's not like this team cannot score goals. They can score goals from everywhere. You have to be a bit relaxed about it. If you make an obsession of it you make it worse."
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