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Arsenal lost 2-1 to Swansea.

Arsene Wenger admits his players are suffering from a lack of confidence

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A couple of weeks ago, Arsenal were favourites for the Premier League title and everything looked rosy at the Emirates.

Four matches, and no wins later, suddenly the club is in crisis.

Fans are fuming and the annual ‘Arsene Wenger out’ campaign is well up and running again.

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Wednesday night’s 2-1 defeat at home to Swansea saw the team booed off at full-time. It was their second Premier League defeat in four days after they lost 3-2 to Manchester United at Old Trafford last Sunday.

After these back-to-back league losses, Wenger admitted that his players are suffering from a lack of confidence.

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“It looks a bit like that, yes,” the Frenchman said when asked by a reporter.

"It’s a very disappointing result and the players are very down.”

The loss to Swansea represented Arsenal’s third consecutive defeat after they lost 2-0 at home to Barcelona before the United match after they were held 0-0 by Hull in the FA Cup.

Still in the race

But the night could have been a lot worse for the Gunners.

Leicester dropped two points at home to West Brom on Tuesday while both Manchester City and Spurs lost against Liverpool and West Ham respectively.

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It means that Wenger’s side are still in the title race, six points behind Leicester and three points behind north London rivals Spurs.

North London derby

Arsenal and Tottenham clash on Saturday lunchtime at White Hart Lane in what is considered the most important north London derby in living memory.

After the shock loss to Swansea, Wenger was keen to forget about Arsenal’s recent form as they look to get their season back on track.

“We have to focus on our job and come back reminding ourselves that we have some quality as well. Analyse it well and bounce back. We have a big game in three days,” he said.

“At the moment I am more worrying about our results than the title. We just lost three games and that is always a very difficult moment for the team.

“We will not talk about titles tonight. I’m not in the mood. It’s a big disappointment.”

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Arsenal looked to be heading for a routine three points when Joel Campbell scored a brilliant half-volley after 15 minutes.

But Wayne Routledge equalised before half-time before captain Ashley Williams bundled in a winner in the 74th minute.

Injury problems

To make matters even worse for the team, Petr Cech injured himself whilst running back after he had gone up to attack a corner and will now miss to huge clash on Saturday. Wenger also admitted centre-back Laurent Koscielny will also be sidelined through injury.

“Cech had a little groin problem before the game and I think he struggled a bit tonight,” he said.

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“He will not play on Saturday. I don’t know how long he will be out I trust completely Ospina. I have no ­problem with that.­

“Koscielny has a calf problem as well. He will not play on Saturday.”

Arsenal are looking to win their first Premier League title since 2004 and many Gooners believe that their manager should be dismissed if he doesn’t achieve it this campaign.

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