It was an enthralling round of Premier League fixtures this mid-week with none of the top 4 teams able to take all three points from their respective fixtures.
Arsenal had the easiest fixture and just days after being beaten by Manchester United, they were expected to make light work of Swansea City at the Emirates.
However, the Irish outfit stunned the Gunners with a 2-1 victory handing them their second straight defeat in the Premier League. This has seen the club lose some ground in the title race and though it is not yet over, Arsenal are slowly losing grip in the race to the top.
They are now placed third in the points table 6 points behind Leicester City at the top of the table. This is the result of the slump since the new year where they picked up just 12 points from a possible 27 in 2016.
Star attacker Alexis Sanchez who was not able to help his side in the defeat against Swansea has come out and admitted that his team have lost the hunger shown at the start of the season.
“We lack self-belief, that we can actually be champions,” he told Directv Sports.
After the slump from Chelsea early in the season, Arsenal were expected to be front runners for the title this season but they have not been able to find the kind of consistency that is usually shown by a title winning side.
“I think we can win the Premier League with the players we have. That said, we lack a certain hunger.
“We need to step out onto the pitch as if we’re already 1-0 up,” Sanchez added.
Arsenal were top of the league for much of the first half of the season, beating rivals Tottenham, Leicester and United during a strong autumn period.
In this time, they blew away Manchester United 3-0 as Sanchez picked up a brace on the night and the Chilean felt that the club lack the kind of intensity that was shown in that game earlier this season.
“I remember a game against Manchester United last year. The lads looked hungry for silverware as we took to the pitch.
“We crushed them in the first 20 minutes and went 3-0 up. We were hungry and brimming with confidence that day.”
Star defender Per Mertesacker also admitted that his team are currently low on confidence and said that they are need for a boost after their recent defeats.
“We tried really hard and the effort was fine (against Swansea), different to what we provided against Manchester United,” he told Sky Sports.
“We played quite well but [always] missed the last pass and hit the post a couple of times. It didn’t go for us tonight, but it’s not the end of the world.
Arsenal face Tottenham this weekend and a loss can see them go 9 points away from the top of the table. The race is getting tighter and the tall defender said that it was still in the balance with 33 points still to play for in the season.
“It’s very tight at the top so everyone is getting nervous. Leicester are top and have a big advantage now but it’s not over,” he added.