Arsenal’s Wenger admits concern after ‘damaging’ defeat by Chelsea
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits his concern over his side's top-four chances after 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Sunday
Arsene Wenger has warned his Arsenal side that they cannot afford to drop any more points if they are to finish in the top four this season.
The Gunners were condemned to their second straight Premier League defeat on Sunday as they were beaten 2-1 by London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The result leaves Wenger’s men sixth in the table and seven points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with 16 games left to play.
And Wenger, whose side lost to Manchester City last weekend, admits Arsenal’s current league position is a serious concern.
“The table is the table,” he said. “We have lost two big games in the last week and that’s very damaging for us.
“We cannot afford to drop points any more if we want to be in the top four. It’s a concern.”
The Frenchman also urged his side to show more “belief” in their own quality after Sunday’s loss in west London.
“The team has to believe more in the quality we have,” he added.
“You could see with 10 men against Man City and today again that we can be dominant in the games. We have to [do that] from the start.”
Arsenal host West Ham United at Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Wednesday.