No overhaul needed – Wenger

The Gunners finished 12 points behind champions Manchester United
following an end of season collapse that highlighted the
psychological frailties that continue to haunt them. Wenger
understands the “disappointed love” of Arsenal fans, some of whom
have turned on the Frenchman, but insists the team is only five per
cent away from becoming winners. “The criticism has been sharper
this year because of the impatience of people,” Wenger told Arsenal
TV Online. “People are used to us being in the Champions League so
we have to give them more, but we’re not capable of doing that.
“People love what we do but they want us to be rewarded so that
they can be convinced we do things the right way. They want proof
that we do things the right way. “For our fans the frustration was
that we were so close to convincing everybody of how football can
be great, but in the end not being able to deliver. “I would call
it disappointed love. It was cruel and sometimes you get excessive
responses to that. I share that and understand it. “But that
doesn’t mean we have to change our philosophy or the way the club
is run. “We get it 95 per cent right, but we must gain that five
per cent because it’s so frustrating to flirt with success like we
have done. “The fans are unhappy that we didn’t win the Premier
League, but we are close. “In 2003 we were also the best away team,
but didn’t win. We kept going and in 2004 we were very strong.”
Wenger pinpoints Arsenal’s run of two points from three games in
late April as the end of their title challenge. “I was happy with
the attitude of the players and our away form,” he said. “But what
was disappointing was that when we needed to push on, we could not
show the nerves to deal well with some games. “I’m thinking about
Liverpool, Tottenham and Bolton. We had good opportunities to win
those games and had we done, that would have been seven points
more.” Arsenal conceded 41 goals in the Premier League with the set
piece their Achilles heel, prompting Wenger to target some taller
players in the transfer market this summer. “We conceded very few
goals from open play, most of them were from set pieces in a way
you don’t want to concede goals,” he said. “It’s something that’s
easy to correct. We need to improve the size of our squad. We need
a bigger variety in the height of our players. “We need to be more
capable of fighting against some characteristics than we have been
this season.”