Arsene Wenger is worried that his Arsenal side could get into the habit of chucking away comfortable leads after their dramatic defeat in the North London derby at the weekend.

The Gunners were 2-0 up and cruising at half-time after goals from Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh, but they collapsed in the second period, shipping three poor goals and looking like a completely different team in the process. Now they go to Portugal tomorrow knowing that they will need a point to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League, having blown another lead in against Shaktar Donetsk last time out.

‘That is the danger. Mentality can become an issue,’ said Wenger. ‘I don't think it will be but that's the fear. If it's repeated then it can become something that can block the team.

‘It is down certainly to sometimes easing up in games because maybe subconsciously we feel the need to go through the motions. And sometimes a more subtle subconscious feeling that we have not won yet and get a bit nervous when we have to become really concrete.’

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