Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: This crisis is also a good opportunity


Asked about the general feeling at Arsenal ahead of Thursday night's Europa League clash with AC Milan, Koscielny said: 'We are disappointed with our results and disappointed with how we played.

That result left Arsenal all but out of the race for a top four finish, with the north Londoners now 13 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with nine games left to play this season.

"In life you forget quickly how good you are". "When you have a bad week, players change their minds about their own quality".

"Focus on what you can do better, and analyse what you didn't do well".

"He's doing very well at the moment", Wenger added. He had a scan yesterday which showed inflammation.

With Alexis Sanchez heading off to Manchester United in January, Arsenal looked to Mkhitaryan to create chances for his former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, just like he used to in the Bundesliga.

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"Last year we won the FA Cup, we made 75 points and missed out of the Champions League by one point".

Wenger told reporters: "Bellerin is injured".

"At the moment it's certainly hard when you go through a patch like that". At the moment, it is certainly hard when you go through a patch like that but I believe as well it is a good opportunity to show you have the quality and the strengths. This is an opportunity we have to take, yes, of course.

It was the fourth straight defeat suffered by Arsene Wenger's side and Sidwell slammed the current crop of stars for their attitude at the Amex Stadium.

"We were passive, struggling for confidence and heavy legged but responded well in the second half", he said.

Frustration began to creep into the Arsenal players, with Jack Wilshere picking up a booking for a poor challenge on Knockaert towards the end of the first half. That's the most important. "It doesn't matter what is going on outside, we need to stay together as a team".