Arsene Wenger says Arsenal have no room for any further defeats if they are to close the eight-point deficit on the Champions League places.
On a run of one win in their last five Premier League games, the Gunners have fallen to sixth position in the table, six points behind Sp*rs above them. While Chelsea and Liverpool are only a further two points ahead, any further mistakes could condemn the club to a second consecutive year outside the top four.
After a manic week that saw Arsenal defeated by Swansea on Tuesday then complete the signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil, Wenger called for a reaction on the pitch from his reshaped squad.
“It has been [a rollercoaster week],” he admitted on Friday. “We lost a game we should not have lost. Overall, January was a very difficult month for us.
“As much as it was disappointing on the pitch side, I felt on the transfer side it worked well for us. That’s what we have to show now on the pitch in the coming months. We have no room for any defeats anymore, basically. It’s important we react very quickly.”
Arsenal’s abject form away from home is in stark contrast to the quality they’ve shown at the Emirates. So far on the road, the Gunners have won just three of their 13 fixtures, drawing four and losing six. In N5 they’ve lost just once.
“Personally, I don’t like the difference between home and away,” reflected.
“I think if you’re a football player it doesn’t matter too much where you play, you play to win the game.
“In my whole career, I hated that difference between home and away, that’s why I’m especially unhappy with our away results.
“Personally, for me, there is no difference. When you walk on the pitch you don’t look too much where you play you just do what it takes to win the game.”
The Gunners tackle Everton on Saturday before a tricky six-pointer in the North London derby at Wembley the weekend after. If his side are to make the top four, Wenger knows it’ll take a monumental effort.
“It’s a big gap, but if we’d won at Bournemouth and at Swansea we’d be two points behind. We have to think like that.
“I want to qualify for the Champions League through the Premier League and it’s absolutely vital that we focus on achieving that game by game now.”