Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, admits that his side have looked ‘disjointed’ after going down at Everton and that the Gunners now face an uphill task to finish four.
Their 3-0 defeat at Goodison Park was yet another big game in which Wenger’s side failed to cope with the pressure and the left the Frenchman worried over his player’s attitude.
"Was there a lack of fight? You could say that," Wenger said.
"It is a massive worry to lose a game like that. We have to analyse it well and come back with a different attitude, with more personality and stronger challenges. We have to go back to basics.
"Everton were better, sharper and deserved to win. The only time we looked like coming back into the game was in the second half, then we gave an easy goal away. Then that was it.
Everton have moved within one point to Arsenal, and still have one game in hand to overtake them in the pivotal race for the top four spot. However, the Toffees have the comparable more difficult run-in with games against Manchester United (H), Manchester City (H) and Southampton (A).
After being amongst Europe’s elite for 16 years in a row, Wenger sees this record in danger following his side’s heavy away defeats to Man City (3-6), Liverpool (1-5), Chelsea (0-6) and Everton (0-3).
"It will be difficult to finish in top four but first we have to focus on the quality of our performances,” he continued.
"I wouldn't question the spirit of this team but we have lost something on the confidence front.
“We looked disjointed when we had to run after the score. The other big defeats away from home have taken some of the charisma from this team.
"I am absolutely 100% determined to fight to make the top four.
"The fight is very open and is depending not only on us. Everton is in a strong position but we have confronted that before and it is (a question of) how we respond."
Arsenal next travel to Wembley for their FA Cup semi-final against Championship side and title holders Wigan Atlethic. The cup competition is Wenger’s last hope to silverware this season and another trophy-less season would unsettle the Frenchman's future at the Emirates.
"It is my job (to pick the players up). We go into an FA Cup semi-final and that is the target,” he added.
“We have to pick ourselves up and come back with a different spirit."
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