There is a growing belief amongst the Arsenal players that Arsene Wenger's refusal to analyse the opposition has cost them their chance of winning the Premier League title, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The Gunners sunk to a new low last weekend by losing 3-0 to Everton at Goodison Park and ruling themselves out of the title race. In fact, thanks to heavy defeats and disappointing draws, Wenger now finds himself looking down the table instead of up.
If the Toffees manage to win their six remaining games they will leapfrog Arsenal into fourth place and take the final Champions League spot.
Defeat to Everton means Arsenal have lost to all of their immediate rivals away from home this season, conceding 20 goals in just four games. Wenger's team conceded six goals to both Chelsea and Manchester City while leaking five at Anfield.
Now a growing number of Arsenal players are calling on Wenger to change the way he prepares for games and want to do more work on the opposition in the future. They believe the lack of analysis before big games against their rivals has cost them dear this season.
Arsenal were undone by similar tactics by Chelsea and Liverpool, with Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers setting a high line and killing off the Gunners quickly.
Wenger has always focused on Arsenal's strengths when preparing for games, rather than moulding themselves to the tactics of the opposition but the players believe now is the time to change when facing the better teams.
Arsenal players feel that the approach works well when playing the smaller teams but not when facing their immediate rivals hence why they have been overwhelmed by them in similar fashion.
Despite calls for change, Wenger is unlikely to change his approach for the FA Cup semi-final game against Wigan on Saturday.
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