Mathieu Flamini expects Arsenal to get even better in the New Year when a number of players return from injury.
The Gunners dropped two potential points yesterday (Sunday) at Liverpool, surrendering a 2-1 advantage in injury-time against the 10-man Reds as Martin Skrtel powered home a 97th minute header.
Eight players out
It was a result that flattered Arsenal however, with Arsene Wenger's enjoying just 35% possession in the contest at Anfield. A factor that could have played some part in that was the fact that the visitors had eight players out through injury.
Flamini is certainly in no doubt that it's hindering the Gunners, but the Frenchman is confident the club will turn things around when a number of players return to the first team fold in January.
“It would be crazy to think [we won’t improve] because we lost so many key players and having them back is very important for the team,” the midfielder told the official Arsenal website.
“We definitely need them because in the championship and the last stages of the Champions League, you cannot do it with 11 players. You need 25 so it is important for us to have them back."
Flamini also recognises that the season is going to be a long stretch, and that the Gunners must last the course if they are once again going to finish in the Champions League positions.
Arsenal currently find themselves in sixth in the Premier League, four points off fourth-place and the final qualifying spot for Europe's top club competition.
“The season is going to be long and we are only just arriving at Christmas now. I am very confident in the team, very confident in the quality we have because we have a few top players," he added.
“The most important thing is to recover well and be ready for the next game. In probably 10 days, we have three or four games so it is going to be a lot. We have to recover well for the next game and if we are ready, it will be fine."
Next up for the Gunners is the visit of QPR to the Emirates Stadium, before clashes against West Ham United and Southampton over the busy festive period.