Thomas Vermaelen remains adamant that Arsenal did enough to at least avoid defeat against Manchester City on Sunday.
The Gunners had plenty of chances to score in the free-flowing game, but succumbed to a second half effort from David Silva that consigned them to their first league defeat since their 2-1 reverse against rivals Tottenham in October.
The loss left Arsenal three points behind Chelsea in the race for a top four spot and 12 points behind league leaders City, prompting Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to admit his side’s chances of winning the title were over for another season.
Vermaelen saw two late efforts saved by Joe Hart as Arsenal chased an equaliser, and the Belgian international was left aggrieved after seeing a match he believes Arsenal could have won, slip away.
“I think Man City played a good game to be honest and after all they got the three points,” Vermaelen told Arsenal Player.
“They had a few chances but I felt we could have scored as well. It doesn't matter how much possession of the ball you have, it's about the three points.
“I always had the belief we could score and you could see that at the end with the chances. But importantly we couldn't score today.”
He added.: “I think what you can say is that we worked hard today and you cannot blame the team because we gave 100 per cent. We wanted to win this game but they scored and we couldn't, so they had the three points.”
Arsenal will have the chance to get back to winning ways against Aston Villa on Wednesday, but will be without Johan Djourou after the Swiss international limped off early in the second half against City.
There was some good news for the Gunners however after it was revealed Kieran Gibbs could make his comeback from injury at Villa Park after five weeks on the sidelines.