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Wenger asks the fans for patience, feels Arsenal will be much better in a month

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Arsene Wenger was surprisingly upbeat despite Arsenal blowing a two-goal lead against Schalke in the Champions League on Tuesday night, opting to take the positives out of his side's performance as they held the German side to a draw away from home.

Arsenal could have taken a massive leap towards securing their place in the knock-out rounds of the UEFA Champions League, but a Schalke fightback allowed the Germans to grab a well deserved point at home, and retain top spot in the Group.

Wenger was once again critical of the referee's performance in the game, though opted not to make too much of it, having just returned to pitch side after serving out a three-match ban. The Arsenal boss felt that Theo Walcott had been fouled by Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay in the run up to Schalke's first goal, but the decision was given the other way, allowing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to halve the deficit on the stroke of half-time.

Despite the setback though, Wenger remained optimistic, sharing, "I believe we have shown a good response to Saturday's game and you feel the team is getting better. I think in one month, if we continue to develop, we will be there."

While Wenger's call for patience from the fans is understandable considering how inconsistent the team have been in recent weeks, the Gunners will still need to perform in three big games heading their way against an in-form Fulham side, in a North London derby with Tottenham and their crucial home game against Montpellier in the Champions League.