Wenger admits worries
By Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits his side are lacking something in defence, but he has refused to hit the panic button.
The Frenchman has reflected in a typical philosophical style by admitting The Gunners' great form at the beginning of the campaign only served to mask problems which were already there.
However, Wenger also ruled out any knee-jerk reaction to Arsenal's 4-2 defeat to Manchester United on Tuesday.
"We are giving sloppy goals away and there is not the same confidence at the back," said Wenger.
"We are making mistakes and we need to get our confidence back with hard work.
"Maybe our outstanding form at the start of the season hid our defensive problems. When the opposition scored two, we scored three.
"The confidence drop is the hardest thing to repair and that is my job. At this level you must react positively and not panic."
Although Wenger states he will not panic, Spanish goalkeeper Manuel Almunia could face the axe.
He has accepted that he was to blame for United's third goal and now he admits he could be dropped.
"It's certain I failed in the build-up to Ronaldo's second goal," he said.
"I couldn't stop Ryan Giggs from putting the ball into the centre for the Portuguese player to score. I hope I do not have another match like this in my career.
"The turning point in the game was definitely those two goals in three minutes by Ronaldo.
"I do not fear losing my place in the side but the decision is down to the manager.
"I always accept what he says without protesting."