Arsenal lost abysmally at home to Crystal Palace at the weekend when we had a chance to cement a place in the Top Three, and then we blew yet another chance to keep our hopes alive when Wolves totally demolished the Gunners in the first half last night. But Alex Iwobi, who was replaced by Nketiah after 70 minutes, doesn’t think it is the end of our hopes. “Obviously it’s a tough one to take.” he told Arsenal.com. It’s not a good result when we want to get in the top four, but we can’t dwell on it, we have to move on to the next game. Yeah, it’s [disappointing] but last time we had back-to-back [league] defeats, we went on an amazing run. We’ll look at that as a confidence boost, go back to training and just focus on the next game.”
So if losing twice is a confidence boost, then we need it ahead of another away game at Leicester. We have only won twice in our last 10 games on the road, and Iwobi can’t explain that either. “I don’t know what it is, I can’t pinpoint it, otherwise we would have just sorted it out. I think it’s a mental thing – we just have to keep on fighting, keep on being together as a team and just focus again on the next game.”
It is definitely mental, but at least we don’t suffer from that in the Europa League. I think that is seriously our only hope of making the Champions League now, unless Emery can somehow get the players back on track again. You never know, maybe these two defeats are just the confidence boost we needed!