Leno: You can’t inject confidence like a vaccine

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Bernd Leno says Arsenal need to stay positive and show fight on the pitch if they are to rectify the lack of confidence that has polluted the camp in recent weeks.

Winless in six games and 15th in the table, the Gunners’ ambitions of achieving a top four finish have disintegrated in the space of a month.

It’s a situation that has sparked a feeding frenzy in the media with everyone and their dog having a say about what’s gone wrong and who is to blame.

Leno insists looking at the league standings isn’t going to help right now. They need to focus on the little things, starting with body language.

“The best thing to do is not to look at the table,” he told Sky Sports ahead of Saturday’s game with Everton.

“The table is not good for us, we have to say that. The most important thing is that we get our confidence back. You need confidence in football.

“You saw in some situations in the game [on Wednesday] that we don’t have the biggest confidence at the moment.

“You can’t put confidence in like a vaccine, unfortunately, you cannot do that! You need to win the confidence by fighting, by pushing your play and everything.

“That’s what we all need, we need a positive mood on the pitch, good body language…that’s what we all need. We spoke about it. It’s clear for everybody.”

Leno’s words come across somewhat calmer than his scathing assessment earlier in the week when he blamed a lack of focus and discipline for a series of on-field blunders that have seen points slip from our hands.

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Mentally Drained Gooner

Here’s hoping he becomes a manager one day and the world gets to listen to interviews every few days.

Goodebemeyang

I just chuckled a bit at his child-like innocence.

A P

I supposed we cannot inject good kicking skills into him like a vaccine too.

Twatsloch

If only Martinez was here, eh?

ATG

Please do look at a table, use that as a springboard and try even harder! Don’t just ignore it and think it will fix itself!

Artetas Assistant

Finding his voice more and more under Mikel (not the elephant in the room). Good stuff

Shano28

I wonder did Arteta, stop his negative football too early. If we had drawn 5 of the 7 losses we’d be sitting on 19 points 5 points off top 4. Still wouldn’t look great but it would definitely be something to work with

Futsboller

Fans were getting tired of the chance-cancelling football. He had to change something …

Lettra

I think he got balance wrong… We needed a little of A and a little of B .Teams figured out what our tactics was and it was easily countered , and absolutely awful viewing . The stats matter we weren’t creating enough chances to win games .That’s not Arsenal for me and considering the expensive and short-term investment we have done in some players I don’t think it was acceptable . And although the result and process were bad . I liked the fact that they understood that a change was needed now we know what we can cannot do… Read more »

czerwonadupa

Can you just imagine what Jens Lehmann would be saying now if he was still there? Leno is a pussy cat in comparison.

Joseph Kawooya

Thought Leno was a nice guy, seems a goolie will naturally be an asrehole.

Perry Farrell’s Satellite Partey

If only confidence were like a vaccine, the Arsenal would be prioritized to the front of the line.

Homer

Oh, and here come the Martinez wishful thinkers again.

Fucks sake.

Twatsloch

If only we hadn’t sold Martinez. We’d be top of the PL if we hadn’t. Only Özil can save us now. And bring back Wenger!