Bernd Leno says Arsenal have to “change something in their minds” if they are to rescue themselves from an increasingly embarrassing league campaign.
On another dispiriting afternoon at the Emirates, reigning champions Manchester City brushed aside the Gunners with ease, scoring three times in the first half before taking their foot off the pedal after the break.
While the Gunners are seven points clear of the relegation zone for the time being, consecutive away games at Everton and Bournemouth followed by tricky home clases with Chelsea and Manchester United mean we can’t rest on our laurels; a pitiable state of affairs given our Champions League ambitions.
“After four or five minutes the game was done,” said Leno. “I think in the first half we deserved this result. In the second half we couldn’t touch the ball and also couldn’t create the chances.
“At the moment we have to say there is a gap between these teams. We have the quality but when you see the games we miss intensity, we are not fresh in our minds.
“It is good we have a week to work a little bit and speak about this situation, we have to change something in our minds.”
While the German cut a frustrated figure, he stressed that its the players that must take responsibility for their performance.
“At the moment we have to say there is as gap between these teams,” the keeper told Arsenal.com.
“I think we have the quality but when you see the games, we miss the intensity. We are not fresh in our mind and quality is one thing and I also think mentality is one thing. Working hard is the only way to come out from this.
“It’s good that we have one week to work on it, to speak a little bit about the situation because we have to change something in our minds.”
While we’ve not enjoyed much of a ‘new manager’ results bump, Leno went on to make clear that he and the players are happy with the work of Freddie Ljungberg.
“Everybody can work with him so I think the manager is not the problem,” he said.
“If it’s Freddie or another one, I think everybody has to look at themselves, be honest with themselves. If everybody was giving everything today, I think the mentality is the main thing and we need to change this.”