Wenger calm after stalemate

25 November 2012 10:12:44 EST
Summer signing Santi Cazorla has impressed for the Gunners this season.

Boss Arsene Wenger insists he has no concerns over Arsenal's form following Saturday's 0-0 draw at Aston Villa.

The Gunners rarely threatened a resolute Villa defence and appeared lacking in any cutting edge at Villa Park.

Wenger, however, remains relaxed over his side’s performance and is confident Arsenal’s results will start to improve sooner rather than later.

"I would like to show what you (the media) wrote about us last year in September, October (when Arsenal were struggling),” said the Frenchman.

"Why should we panic? We will worry about our next game and we will play that.

"We are focused on the next game. Don't worry for and about us too much."

The Gunners have secured a place in the knock-out stages of the Champions League with a game to spare but face a battle to qualify for next year's tournament.

A title charge is already probably out of the question for Arsenal, the north Londoners are 10 points adrift of current leaders Manchester United but that could be extended on Sunday if Manchester City win at Chelsea and reclaim top spot.

The Gunners are also four points adrift of fourth placed Chelsea, who are now under the guidance of Rafael Benitez following the dismissal of Roberto Di Matteo earlier this week.

Wenger feels Arsenal's European exploits are having an impact on their domestic campaign, but believes his side can compete in the Premier League and the Champions League.

"I think it (the performance) was a result of fatigue and we had not 100% recovered from playing on Wednesday night (against Montpellier)," he added.

"After a Champions League game, and then you have to play away from home, it can happen that you draw.

"We could have won the game, we could have lost the game. You have to respect Aston Villa as well.

"We certainly had the right attitude but there was a lack of sharpness and fluency in the final third of the pitch."

Arsenal can be backed at 500/1 to land the Champions League title this season, while Bayern Munich are 2/5.

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