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Wenger - We are fast starters now

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Arsene Wenger thinks increased confidence is the reason for Arsenal's fast starts to recent games.

The Gunners have scored four goals in the first 15 minutes of their Premier League games this season and Wenger's team continued the trend in the Champions League on Tuesday with two quickfire strikes against Napoli.

The Arsenal manager has explained why it was important to get off to such a flying start against the Italian side.

"The more you build that confidence up with the results, the more you go into the next game thinking let's just do it to win the game"

Arsene Wenger

"We started at such a good pace because we had a remembrance of the Emirates Cup where they [Napoli] started very strong," he told Arsenal Player.

"We knew on our side that it was vital for us to come out of the blocks in a very sharp way and it was successful. Of course you cannot plan that you score early goals but it worked well."

Wenger then pointed out the stark contrast with last season when Arsenal were widely recognised as a more of a 'second-half team'.

"It's completely different," he said. "That shows you how unpredictable the situations are but maybe it's linked with the confidence.

"When the team has confidence they go into the game with a positive feeling and a positive attitude.The more you build that confidence up with the results, the more you go into the next game thinking let's just do it to win the game."

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