Arsène Wenger has stressed that the Gunners must “wake up and focus” after a few weeks of dreadful results. With next weekend’s game against Manchester United looming, the Frenchman doesn’t want a repeat of the 8-2 loss.
Arsenal’s 3-2 away loss to Swansea marked the second consecutive Premier League defeat, and after drawing with Wolves the Gunners have slipped 10 points off third placed and rivals Spurs.
The Gunners missed a chance to gain some ground on the elusive top four positions, but they must up their game ahead of the fixture against current league leaders Manchester United.
Wenger told Arsenal player:
That’s now twice – at Swansea and at Fulham – where we have given the game away. At our level that is frustrating and not good enough.
It is down to a lack of composure and the right decision-making. It is alarming because at Fulham we were 1-0 up and we lost the game. Today we came back to 2-2 and straight away we gave the third goal away. It is really a concern.
It is a massive opportunity [next Sunday] because you feel we have given six points away in the last two games in a way that is unbelievable. It is time for us to wake up and be focused – we have a good opportunity to do that against Manchester United.
The most frustrating part from the last three league matches is the fact that the Gunners have been leading and have dropped extremely valuable points.
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We will not see a repeat of the infamous 8-2 loss this weekend, but the Gunners must tighten up at the back if we are to have any chance of winning. The return of Vermaelen will be a huge boost as he has been badly missed in recent weeks.