Arsene Wenger says Arsenal’s recent schedule has made it almost impossible for his players to perform, and that the timing of the Carabao Cup final added to his side’s lack of confidence.
The Gunners went down 2-1 to Brighton on Sunday, making it eight defeats in 2018 alone – a horrendous slump in form.
The Arsenal manager’s future remains under intense scrutiny, but he insisted he didn’t want to talk about and said the uncertainty is not playing any part in recent performances.
“Nothing is permanent,” he said. “We have to continue, first to recover now, because we played Thursday, Sunday, Thursday, Sunday.
“It’s nearly physically impossible for some players who have played all of the games. So we have to first recover and prepare for Thursday night.
“I can understand the frustration. What can I say, I think the League Cup being situated in the middle of the season is always very difficult when you don’t win it.
“It brings a lot of negative waves. We were four times in the last five years in finals, we won three and lost one.
“But it brings a lot of negativity and on top of that, the game that was rearranged on Thursday night did not help us to compete today.
“The negativity of having lost the final, plus the fact that we are not in a fantastic position in the league, of course it hits us hard.”
Asked if he felt he was capable of turning things around, the Frenchman was defiant.
“Yes, because I have done it before and it’s the first time I lose so many games on the trot in my life,” he said.
“I believe in our quality. Until now, I always managed to do that and I still believe that I can do it.
“At the moment my future is not my main worry. My worry is to get Arsenal to win football games, and then we see where we go from there.
“I will try to give my best as long as I am here, and do everything to get the team back to more confidence. We need to recover physically first.
“The program we have is at the moment a bit too demanding.”