Arsenal have gone from being supremely confident when beating Liverpool at Anfield and drawing with Man City at the Etihad, to being worried about facing even relegation candidates at home, in the space of just a few weeks.
Arsene Wenger thinks that the reason for the exagerrated slump is due to a congested fixture list, but he still believes that Arsenal can still challenge for the Premiership title. “I feel, yes, of course we are in the title race. Why not?” he said.
“It is a concern, because we looked quite solid defensively until now, and on Saturday we looked very fragile. I put that down to the fact that at 2-0 up instead of becoming more aggressive, we became a bit easier, instead of continuing to push forward to close them down.
“We let them play, and that was a big problem for us.
“When we were 3-2 down, we went for it and created chances again. The belief is not at its maximum at the moment, but I don’t think the result at Schalke helped the team. But we have to digest and come back again. That’s the game, that’s football, that’s sport.
“We have only lost one game at home, and on two set pieces until now. So I think Saturday was a little bit of a special day, but I believe we can defensively do much better.
“If we had scored the penalty, nobody speaks about it. ‘You had some dodgy moments in the game, but you won the game.’ Three points, that’s what we wanted today. We were close to doing it, and we have to do it in the next game.”
Arsenal are currently eight points behind third-placed Chelsea right now, and nothing less than a convincing three points against Tottenham next week will give us Gooners the slightest hope that there is a chance of moving back up into the top four, never mind winning the title…..