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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger determined to bring success

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Wenger's frustration boiled over during the home defeat to Spurs

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made an impassioned rallying call following Saturday's 3-2 defeat by Tottenham.

The Gunners let a 2-0 lead slip as Spurs sealed their first league win at Arsenal since 1993, prompting Wenger to hurl a bottle of water in frustration.

"I want this team to win so much that I am giving every drop of my blood to make sure," he said, ahead of Tuesday's Champions League trip to Braga.

"I want them to be successful because they deserve it so of course it hurts."

Wenger's team, without a major trophy since a penalty shoot-out triumph over Manchester United in the 2005 FA Cup final, could have gone to the top of the Premier League with victory against Tottenham, and looked set to do so after goals from Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh put them two up inside 27 minutes.

But Spurs hit back with three goals after the break, culminating in Younes Kaboul's 85th-minute winner.


"The way we conceded the goals, that leaves us with many regrets," admitted Wenger.

"It is certainly down to something. Sometimes we are easing up in games because maybe subconsciously we feel we need to go through the motions and sometimes there is a more subtle subconscious feeling that we have not won yet and we get a bit nervous when we have to really concrete.

"But on the other hand, the way the game was run should not make us doubt ourselves because, after the game, it should strengthen our feeling that we have a very important part to play in this league."

Wenger conceded that disappointment at the defeat was only heightened by Chelsea's loss to Birmingham later in the day.

"I just feel we have had two or three opportunities to be top of the league and we did not take it for different reasons," he revealed.

"But what is encouraging from Saturday is that we turned up with a performance, and also we paid a bit for players being away midweek and we had problems to maintain the focus, concentration and intensity of our game tactically."

Arsenal's defeat has left them in third place after 14 games in the Premier League, two points behind Chelsea and Manchester United and only a point in front of fourth-placed Manchester City.

"It is a rollercoaster season," added the Frenchman, who has been at the Arsenal helm since 1996. "Just when you think that a team is solid and will go on a run, suddenly they lose a game nobody expected them to lose.

"It is difficult emotionally and nervously for every single manager, but on the other hand, for the people watching it makes it even more interesting.

"At this stage of the season, I have never seen a league as compact. Nobody manages to be really consistent, apart from Manchester United, they are consistent without too many wins, they have many draws and have not lost yet."

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