Arsene Wenger says Arsenal cannot afford any more slip ups already in the Premier League after falling ten points behind leaders Chelsea.
The Gunners stumbled to a 1-0 defeat against Norwich on Saturday to leave them in 9th place, well off the early pace set by Roberto di Matteo’s side after eight games.
Wenger admits his side’s inconsistencies in the league mean the pressure is already on to stay in the title race.
"At the moment [10 points] is a lot, but we just have to focus on getting closer now," he told the club's official website.
"For us, it's not only the number of points, it is that the margin of error we have in front of us is very limited. With a result like we have put huge pressure on our shoulders.
"It came at a period where we absolutely needed to win that game. The rest are in a strong position, I am not too worried about the quality of the players coming back. What is very important is that we do not lose more ground."
Arsenal have had no such problems in the Champions League and will look to maintain their 100% when they go up against Schalke this evening.
Despite the Gunners’ fine European form their knack for conceding early goals seems to have carried over from their league games to their efforts on the continent, and Wenger is keen to stamp out the problem as soon as possible.
“After 20 minutes they were 1-0 up and we made it easy for them. It's now four times that we have been 1-0 down - against Montpellier, Chelsea, West Ham and Norwich.
"You win one or two times, but one time you will lose because the team who is there to defend thinks, 'Now we are in a strong position, we can really focus on defending'. That's what they did. We are guilty of conceding the goal in the way we did."