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Arsenal must banish fear factor, says manager Arsene Wenger

Published on Dec 3, 2012 10:25 AM
 
Arsenal's French Manager Arsene Wenger awaits kick off during an English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park stadium in Birmingham on Nov 24, 2012. Wenger has told his Arsenal stars to banish the fear factor as the struggling Gunners try to secure a first place finish in their Champions League group. -- PHOTO: AFP

ATHENS (AFP) - Arsene Wenger has told his Arsenal stars to banish the fear factor as the struggling Gunners try to secure a first place finish in their Champions League group.

Wenger's side travel to Olympiakos on Tuesday in desperate need of a morale-boosting victory after Saturday's 2-0 home defeat against Swansea left the north London club teetering on the brink of a full-blown crisis.

Arsenal, languishing in 10th place, have made their worst start to a Premier League season in Wenger's 16-year reign and the sense that their club is in decline has prompted a furious response from Gunners fans.

Some supporters staged a protest march before the Swansea match to underline their frustration at the Arsenal board's failure to back Wenger in the transfer market, while many more unleashed a torrent of abuse at the Frenchman and his players after the final whistle.

 
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