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Gunners' failings easy to fix maintains Wenger

Arsene Wenger maintains it is quite easy to solve Arsenal's recent defensive shortcomings as his side look to get their Premier League campaign back on track against Liverpool tonight.

The Gunners failed to deliver a big performance when they faced first Manchester United and then Chelsea, as Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge left them nine points off the pace.

Arsenal may have scored an impressive 60 goals from 25 games, but they have also shipped 30 -- some 10 more than the top two.

While recent lapses in concentration at the back and non-existent marking have cost the Gunners heavily, Wenger maintains the errors are simple to fix.

He said: "It is important that I show support to my players and think collectively about how we cannot repeat the mistakes which happened to us in the last two games."

"Having looked at the way we have conceded the last two goals, it looks to me quite easy to solve, and that is it."

Wenger maintains it is still realistic to consider his side's title challenge very much alive.

Given Carlo Ancelotti's men head to improving Everton and United travel to top-six hopefuls Aston Villa, the scenario could have changed once more after tonight's games.

"I sit here in every single press conference and the situation of the moment is like it is forever. Sport is change, movement and we have to accept that," said Wenger.

"Of course it is realistic to still think we can catch Manchester United and Chelsea -- why not? Everybody will drop points."

Wenger takes solace from the way his side hauled back an 11-point deficit following a home defeat to Chelsea at the end of November, as a 10-match unbeaten run saw them briefly top the table.

"It is our job not to let people think the situation is definite," he said.

"I can understand people's conclusions, but our job is to fight and not to give up. We must fight to win the league -- if we don't have that belief, it cannot happen."

While Wenger accepts there is still a lot of football left to be played before the silverware is handed out in May, the Arsenal manager has called on his players to show the strength of character needed to get their campaign back on track, after what was a third defeat in four games ahead of the resumption of Champions League action away to Porto next week.

He said: "I am sure mathematically (winning the league) can happen, and if you look at the fixtures it can really happen. But it is down to how much we believe and refuse to give up."


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