Laurent Koscielny admits this Arsenal side is massively low on confidence as they come to terms with yet another disappointing defeat, this time going down 2-1 to Brighton on Sunday.
The team’s form is poor, and individuals are suffering too with the normally reliable French international looking a shadow of his usual self at this moment in time.
The 32 year old insisted the players wanted to win the game and did try, but such is the situation that nothing worked.
Speaking after the game, he said, “We know we’re in a bad situation, a bad period,” he said. “We tried but nothing is with us. We tried to fight and play football but you could see the confidence is very down.
“It will come back slowly. It is a bad period but we need everyone at this club – players, staff and fans – to be together and to fight to stay the highest we can.
“It is very difficult but football is like this. Now you focus on the next game, to prepare well. You need to put your head down and work.”
The loss on Sunday was the eighth in 2018 alone and left the Gunners 13 points off the top four with just 9 games remaining.
“It will be very hard to finish in the top four,” continued Koscielny.
“We’ve had a bad period and have not had the results we wanted. We lost our confidence a little bit and on the pitch we didn’t have the confidence we need to push ourselves more and to play well with the ball.
“We miss a lot of passes but we need to stay together, to fight together. We need to win to have more freedom on the pitch and we need to stay together.
“We try on the pitch to play but we can feel the players aren’t this confident to be efficient on the pitch so we need to get back, train hard, work hard and then the results can come back and give us more confidence for the rest of the season.
“The players have the responsibility on the pitch, the boss has responsibilities to and we have to be together.
“It is difficult to say if it is his fault or our fault. The club are together and we need to stay together.
Arsenal travel to Italy this week to take on AC Milan on Thursday, in the first leg of the Round of 16 Europa League tie, and unless we rediscover some form, it could be another bad day at the office.