On Thursday, after the Swansea defeat, Alexis Sanchez spoke.

The Chilean, who is famously media-shy, spoke with DirecTVSports and said “With the players we have, I think we can win the Premier League.

“However, we are lacking a bit of hunger, entering the field with the mentality of winning 1-0.

“We aren’t believing in ourselves, thinking we can be champions.

“I remember a game against Manchester United last season [sic], before we entered the pitch, I saw my teammates with the hunger to win, and we dominated the first 20 minutes, going 2-0 up. Then, we entered with red eyes, with the hunger to win.”

Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez warms up before the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester in north west England on February 28, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFF
How we all feel (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

So is he right?

Well, it would certainly seem so. With every passing chance, the Arsenal are handed to stake their claim for the Premier League title this season, they have let it slip through buttery fingers.

Knowing that a win against Swansea would see them close the recently-widened gap to Leicester, they blew their lines in spectacular fashion.

There seems to be no reason for their poor form, other than mental issues.

They are, of course, missing Santi Cazorla and but with players of the calibre of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey et al. in this side, one player should not be missed that much.

There are some who think that the problem is down to tactics, or that Francis Coquelin isn’t good enough with his distribution from deep, or that we need an out-and-out goalscorer, and they’re probably right. This issue at Arsenal does not just exist on solely one level.

But mentally, they are lacking, and it’s something we’ve said on this site for years. We’ve asked with the club don use a sports psychiatrist or, if they do, why they don’t use a better one.

And now we have one of the stars of the show telling us that they don’t believe in themselves.

How can that be possible? Is this club so fragile from the past decade of near-miss and hilarious failures that it is infesting the generations that come anew?

If that is the case, then only a total overhaul of all the coaches, management and backroom staff can right this and if you think things are bad now, just wait until you see how they are when that happens!

 

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