Wenger - We must believe

Gunners boss admits players are up against it

Wenger: Believes in squad

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has urged his players to maintain their belief in spite of their early-season setback against Fulham.

The Gunners lost just their second game of the new Premier League term, going down 1-0 at Craven Cottage last weekend.

Wenger's side bounced back in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday versus FC Twente and are now aiming for three points when they host Newcastle United on Saturday evening.

The Frenchman concedes his side are 'swimming against the stream' at present, but is positive they have what it takes to prove their critics wrong.

"We have to be strong enough to keep our belief, even if all of our environment does not believe in us," he said.

Consistency

"On what we achieved last year and with what happened to us, we can have a very strong belief.

"I know what I want to achieve and how strong my belief is in my players - after everyone can have an opinion.

"For me success is consistency. The most important thing to achieve in the game is to be consistent at the top level and you move forward in the way you play, in your results.

"At the moment, we have to swim a bit against the stream as we get only negative vibes."

Meanwhile, Wenger confirmed long-term injury victim Eduardo, who is sidelined with a broken leg, is on course for an early return.

He added: "Eduardo is progressing quickly, and should be ahead of schedule."