Gunners chief wants consistency
By Tony Curtis
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants his side to maintain their fine form.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants his side to be more consistent if they are to make a late surge into the Premiership title race.
After shock defeats to Bolton and Fulham, Arsenal have turned their season around and are now unbeaten in their last five league matches.
However, despite Saturday's 6-2 rout over Blackburn Rovers, The Gunners remain 14 points behind leaders Manchester United - and Wenger knows that his side's good form must continue if they are to claw their way back into contention.
He told Sky Sports News: "We have shown a lot of character. We are united, we have spirit and we have the quality and these are good ingredients to have belief to get the results.
"We want to be consistent now. We have put a little run and we want to keep that going.
"We just have to do our best. The team has the right balance and unity, while the quality they have gives me hope and belief.
"Of course we are far behind, so first we need to be consistent and then see if we have a little chance to get back."
Against Rovers, goals from Gilberto Silva, Alexander Hleb and Emmanuel Adebayor had put Arsenal into a 3-1 lead. But Shabani Nonda's second of the match gave Wenger a few anxious moments before late strikes from Robin van Persie (2) and Mathieu Flamini put the result beyond all doubt.
And Wenger was full of praise of Rovers. He said: "Many teams have got away playing worse football than Blackburn, because Blackburn played well.
"They were dangerous going forward and at 3-2 it was a little bit uncertain. They could have come back to 3-3 but Jens made a good save and the finish maybe punished them a little bit too much."