Ray Parlour has warned Arsenal that their hopes of winning the Premier League title will be over if they do not win their next two games against West Brom and Crystal Palace.
Consecutive defeats to Everton and Manchester City have left Arsenal down in fourth place nine points behind leaders Chelsea after 17 games.
While Arsenal have a relatively kind looking fixture list ahead of them, until the trip to Chelsea on February 4, Parlour feels the Gunners have to bounce back strongly now.
“You have to be a little bit concerned by what happened in two games. It just shows you what a week can do in football,” he told The Mirror. “Sitting top of the league last week and then losing two games and all of a sudden you’re nine points behind. It has been a really bad week for Arsenal but you have to bounce back.
“They will be concerned and there will be a meeting. They will have a chat about it and where it went wrong in those last two games. Then it’s about looking forward.
“If Arsenal drop any more points in the next two games, they are definitely out of the title race and playing for the top four.
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“Come March, you want to be hoping that you still have a chance to win the league. So it is vital now they win the next two, then look at the situation and see how other teams are doing.”
Parlour also revealed how he feels Arsenal need to improve after watching them throw away leads against both Everton and Manchester City.
“Arsenal at times when they are up against it, not everyone can defend well as a team,” he added. “And you need people pulling their team-mates around saying ‘Sit in there for five, ten minutes. Weather this storm and then we can get on the front foot again.’
“Sometimes I just want a few more characters in this team. They do have some — Francis Coquelin has done well and Granit Xhaka is going to be a top player as well but you just want to see them pulling people around.
“And that could be the difference between winning and losing games.”
Arsenal certainly need to get back on the winning trail quickly to avoid losing further ground on Chelsea and the gap can certainly be made up with the Blues set to face Spurs, Liverpool and champions Leicester in January.