Steve Bould admits he’s stumped as to why Arsenal have been piss poor since returning from the international break after the Gunners slumped to a second successive defeat in five days.
Leading the team for the third consecutive Champions League match, the assistant manager also confessed that he missed Arsene Wenger despite his substitute decisions being pre-planned by the boss.
“We looked jaded, I don’t know why that is,” he told press after this evening’s 2-0 humbling by Schalke.
“Coming off the international break we haven’t performed really. I don’t know if that’s the reason but we definitely look jaded.
“With the ball we lack a bit of confidence. [Not creating chances] is not what we want, it’s not what we’re accustomed to. We normally create chances and at the moment we’re not, so we have to correct that.
“We haven’t played anything like we can, I think that’s the big disappointment. We haven’t performed today.
“We lack a bit of confidence, for whatever reason, but it’s a tough competition and they [Schalke] are a good side in all fairness. They beat Dortmund at the weekend and played really well. A 0-0 would have delighted us I think.”
Thomas Vermaelen, who looked mightily fucked off at the final whistle, dejectedly reported the disappointment in the dressing room.
“We are really disappointed,” the Belgian told Sky Sports 3.
“We lost on Saturday and wanted to be better today but it was the same story. We didn’t create enough chances to score goals. They got one and then got more.
“It’s difficult to explain, we wanted to put it right [the Norwich result].
“We gave 100% but it’s difficult at the moment because we’re not creating enough chances to score goals.”