Laurent Koscielny believes Arsenal need to think positively if they’re to extricate themselves from a run of form that has seen them win just four of their last fifteen games.
The Gunners face AC Milan in the Europa League tomorrow night with the experienced French international admitting the team are in a negative spiral.
However, he’s urged his teammates to focus on their qualities rather than get weighed down by doubts.
“We are in a negative spiral,” he said. “It’s a little hard to get out of it but I think we need to focus on the positive vibes.
“When you think about negative things you will say, ‘OK, it’s true, we’re not good’. Positive vibes can give us more and more confidence, and we have to believe in our quality.
“I think we have quality, it’s just about being able to play with freedom. We have a top team with great guys and we need to show this on the pitch. We can build confidence by coming back with a win.
“Step by step we will come back stronger, but we need to work together, focus on our game and get the result we need to be at the top.”
The last time the two sides met in Europe was in the Champions League, with Milan running out 4-0 winners at home, but the 32 year old says it’s a different game this time around and outlined what Arsenal need to do.
“In this competition we play two games,” he said. “The first one is always very important to play well – but last time we didn’t.
“Now it’s a different competition with a good team and new players. It will be important to be focused on this game and also the second.
We know we have two games to qualify for the next round, so we need to be together and defend very well because they have a lot of quality up front.”