Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted his side are ready to fight for the Premier League title this season as their hopes continue to drift away.
Several pundits slammed the Gunners for their display in the 3-2 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday, while some former players also suggested that they haven’t got the mental strength to win the league.
However, Wenger has argued that the Champions League defeat to Barcelona last week dented confidence in the squad, but is adamant that they have what it takes to get back on track domestically in the coming weeks.
“We gave a lot against Barcelona and that certainly had an impact on our belief against Manchester United,” he said in a press conference on Tuesday, as reported by Sky Sports.
“We’re not happy with the result. We had two lapses of focus that we paid for. We want to transform negatives into positives to create more solidarity. We play to fight for the title. We are not dwelling on results and we are focused on Swansea. Every home game is very important.”
“This club is built on values and what we want to do is respect them. We want to build solidarity every day. The only level of energy I put in is into my club. We want to defy all the odds that are against us.”
Arsenal are without a win in their last three games in all competitions, while they have slipped five points behind league leaders Leicester City with city rivals Tottenham moving into second place and looking like the biggest threat to the Foxes.
Nevertheless, Wenger is confident that his side can bounce back against Swansea City on Tuesday night, while a potentially decisive trip to White Hart Lane awaits them on Saturday.