Arsene Wenger says Arsenal can still salvage their Premier League season

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal can still salvage their Premier League season

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal still have time to salvage their season despite being 10 points off the top four places.

It was a case of déjà vu as Manchester City swatted aside Arsenal 3-0 in Pep Guardiola’s 100th game in charge on Thursday night.

After meeting in the Carabao Cup final four days earlier, where City triumphed 3-0, a huge gulf between the two clubs was on show again in freezing conditions at the Emirates Stadium.

The result leaves Wenger’s side off the pace in the race to make the Champions League with winning the Europa League now their only realistic hope of ending the season on a high.

When asked if the season can still be salvaged, he replied: “Yes. We want to focus on the next game and continue to put in the effort we put in tonight,” he told Sky Sports.

“We played twice against certainly the best side in the country at the moment and that was of course difficult for us because we didn’t have a good performance in the first game.

“But we have quality and we want to show that.”

Arsenal have lost four of their last six Premier League matches and Wenger admits confidence within the group is low.

“We must stay together but it’s very difficult,” he said.

“You come up by the stairs and go down by the lift. That’s what is confidence. That’s the level you have to show to play for Arsenal.

“When your confidence is low the first thing that goes is the fluidity and movement – the spontaneous side of the game. You could see that tonight. I don’t deny City’s quality but we’re going through a difficult patch. That’s part of football. We must stay united inside and focus on the next game and put the effort it.”