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Arsene Wenger: Arsenal players care

Arsene Wenger: Without a trophy in seven and a half years

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his current crop of players are as committed to the cause as some of the famous names he has managed at the club in the past.

The Gunners are without a league win in 2013 and suffered a second successive top-flight defeat on Sunday as they went down 2-1 at London rivals Chelsea - a result which leaves Wenger's men sixth in the table, seven points behind fourth-placed Tottenham.

But when asked if his squad possess as much heart as the likes of Tony Adams, Patrick Vieira and Martin Keown, Wenger responded: "They care as much, if not more.

"People have the right to criticise when the games don't go as well as you want but I can show you games of the players you spoke about. I can tell you some bad starts (from them) as well. I can show you some goals where you can see where they were not completely untouchable. That happened to them as well."

"What is worrying is just that we do not win the big games. The position we are in now is a bit backs to the wall."

Arsene Wenger

Wenger, whose team have won just half of their home games this term, admitted that morale was low amongst his players but he has backed them to bounce back.

"What is worrying is just that we do not win the big games. The position we are in now is a bit backs to the wall," said Wenger ahead of Wednesday's game against West Ham. "We have to respond. I'm confident that we will but the team was very down after the Chelsea game.

"Wednesday is a very important game for us. We have to transform the potential we have shown in the (last) two games into points and Wednesday is a good opportunity to do it."

Arsenal overturned a 10-point deficit to beat Spurs to third last year and Wenger insisted the current gap between Arsenal and their north London rivals is not as bad as some are trying to make out.

"The difference in points mathematically is not dramatic, but the consistency of our performances within games is what is worrying," Wenger added. "When you see how we played in the first half (at Chelsea), and how we played in the second half it is difficult to believe that we are the same team. That is more worrying for me."