There were some surprising admissions form Alexis Sánchez after Wednesday’s defeat to Swansea City.
Speaking to the press immediately after the game, the out of form Chilean admitted Arsenal are lacking the hunger to win the title, that the players aren’t determined enough.
“You have to take these statements a bit into perspective,” Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger said on Friday morning. “I believe that belief comes with the last results and maybe our confidence has been a bit jaded.”
Since beating Leicester City, the Gunners are winless in four games and have lost their last three, though one came against Barcelona. Still, Premier League defeats to Manchester United and Swansea City have left our title hopes looking bleak.
However, Wenger thinks we are closer than most seem to realise to being on the right track.
“It’s like always in football, we do 98% of things right and we have to add the 2% that are down to finding back our collective qualities and putting even more effort in.”
I really don’t think effort is the issue, and I wouldn’t agree that 98% of things are right at the moment. Nonetheless, the boss has to keep his players upbeat and if this is the way to do it then go ahead, keep saying these things.
Fingers crossed the performance is better on Saturday but, more importantly, hopefully the result is. That has to be 100% right.