Wenger has faith in title bid
Arsene Wenger has no doubt Arsenal have the character to win their last five matches and be crowned Premier League champions.
Wenger accepts it is a "vicious circle" when his side face continual questions about their mental strength, but the Gunners slipped to third in the table after they failed to hold onto a 3-1 lead at Tottenham in midweek.
It was a frustrating fifth draw from the last eight games, although it extended Arsenal’s unbeaten run to 16.
Wenger has again been forced to defend the make-up of his young team, which has a habit of not closing out winning positions, including after being 1-0 up with a stoppage-time penalty against Liverpool last weekend.
And he believes the constant scrutiny from media and fans can filter through to the players, thus having a double negative impact.
"It is a vicious circle problem and you can only deal with that with calmly and by dominating your nerves," said Wenger.
"Our defenders are under pressure because they are criticised for not holding on for results, that makes the problem a little bit worse.
"I feel what is important is to continue to play whatever the score is. I feel we need to keep our nerves more and communicate better.
"We try to get the players to focus on continuing to play in a calm way, but we must as well give some credit to the opponents.
"We are on a 16-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, so at least we don’t have a losing mentality. It’s down to us to transform the draws into a winning habit."
Arsenal head to Bolton on Sunday, by which time they could have fallen further behind Manchester United, whom they currently trail by six points, and Chelsea, in second place on goal difference, who play both on Saturday.
However, Wenger is convinced five wins in their remaining fixtures – which includes a showdown with United at the Emirates on May 1 – will be enough for a first title since the Invincibles season of 2003/2004.
"I am convinced that if we win our five games we will win the championship," Wenger said.
"But the target is to win the next one and let’s focus, give absolutely everything to do it. We have played 16 games without losing. What I feel is most important for us is to keep the belief and to win.
"This championship will go to the most solid team, mentally, not necessarily to anybody else.
"The mental part of the belief is the most important thing to have in the last five games, so let’s have it already in the next game."
Wenger has been an animated figure on the touchline in recent weeks, sharing the frustrations of supporters as more crucial points slipped away.
He had a heated exchange with Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish at the final whistle last weekend and went onto the pitch to confront officials over the amount of added time, but insists he cannot help but feel involved.
Wenger said: "I cannot sit there and be placid like I am on dope.
"I care about the game and I’m motivated to win the game and agitated, yes, but it is one thing to be agitated and in control of your decisions and be lucid, or be completely out of control.
"I am not out of control. I am agitated because I want my team to win the game. Of course I am and I am ready to fight, believe me."
Arsenal, currently the subject of a takeover from American entrepreneur Stan Kroenke, are said to have some £40million waiting for Wenger to spend should he want.
However, he feels his squad does not need major surgery.
"The team is 23-years-old, why should we expect to have a huge turnover at the end of the season?" Wenger said.
"Is it [£40million] available? Frankly I don’t know. We have not completely checked out our financial position.
"The only thing I can say is that the club is in a healthy financial situation and if needed we can make a big transfer."