Arsene Wenger says Arsenal must communicate better

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Arsene Wenger has warned his defenders that they need to communicate better if Arsenal are to stay in the title hunt.

The Gunners conceded a late equaliser to Wigan from an unnecessary corner and Wenger believes his defenders are reluctant to take charge of such situations.

Wenger said: "We need to communicate much better. That's something we need to rectify.

"Nobody is taking charge on the organisation side, there is no voice when the focus drops a little bit.

You don't feel that anybody takes charge on alertness and we need to communicate much better than that."

Wigan fought back from 2-1 down to draw 2-2 despite having Charles N'Zogbia sent off, but despite his disappointment Wenger admitted he would have settled beforehand for four points from the Gunners' last two games against the Latics and Chelsea.

He added: "Yes I would have, but I'm maybe too hungry and always want six.

"We also have a difficult fixture list compared to the other teams, being twice on the road after the Chelsea game and have less recovery time than the other teams because we have one day less."

Arsenal's next match is at Birmingham, who restricted league leaders Manchester United to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday, but Wenger will have skipper Cesc Fabregas back from suspension and gave players such as Theo Walcott, Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri and Alex Song a rest against Wigan.

Wenger added: "We need to recover quickly and focus quickly again.

"It's down to us. The players are very frustrated after the Wigan game but they can be strong in their belief and think 'that will not happen again'."

The Gunners boss has also ruled out signing any new players in the January transfer window, even though the club continue to be linked with a move for a new goalkeeper.

He told Sky Sports: "No, we focus on the players we have and I think we have enough quality."