Arsene Wenger still believes his current Arsenal side are a ‘fantastic football team’ but he admits there are ‘deeper problems’ that still need resolving.
Last night’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea saw an important point snatched at the death, courtesy of Hector Bellerin’s strike, however, the result still sees the Gunners stuck behind fifth-placed Sp*rs who also have a game in hand.
While trying to stay positive about the performance on the night, the boss underlined that his squad are hurting after just two wins in their last eight games.
“I felt we had a very good performance [as a team],” Wenger told Arsenal.com.
“I knew that the last 20 minutes could be difficult because we played three games in six days. The schedule was not to our advantage and also, once again, we were a bit unlucky with the decisions.
“We are a fantastic football team. I think we have seen fantastic football but there are some deeper problems and some on our side that we have to correct. At the moment, the club is really hurt hard and for me, it’s difficult to take.”
In his press conference, he touched on the regrets he has about the club’s current position in the league.
“That is very frustrating, I agree with you. We have to look at ourselves as well, but still, I think it was a great football game and when you look recently our performances have been top quality.
“The regret we have is that we have not the results that we could have had. Certainly, that is part of our problem, but as well on the other side, you have to say that we have not been gifted this luck.”
More positively, Wenger had warm words for ever-improving youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles and the resolve of Hector Bellerin, each of whom operated as wing-backs against Chelsea.
“He [Maitland-Niles] had a big performance today,” the manager told Arsenal Player.
“What he has to learn is to keep that focus, urgency and concentration for 95 minutes because on the second goal he was a bit caught. Overall, though, I thought he was remarkable.”
On Bellerin, he added: “Well, what you get at the moment, no matter who you are, is criticism. That’s for free on the market. It flies around in a very severe way and that, I think every player gets that. The only response they can give is on the football pitch and he is a remarkable fighter.”