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Arsenal are 13 points behind Leicester.

Dennis Bergkamp says Arsenal's defence has cost them this season

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Twelve years ago, Dennis Bergkamp was helping Arsenal win the Premier League in the 2003/04 season when they went the entire campaign unbeaten.

Back then, it seemed as though the Gunners would go on and dominate English football. But fast forward 12 years and the club have failed to win the title since.

Arsene Wenger is still in charge but, after this season’s failure to mount a successful title bid, there are many calls for him to leave.

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In a season that Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City aren’t involved in a title battle, Arsenal fans expected their strong squad to take full advantage.

But Arsenal have been unable to keep up with the pace set by Leicester as they trail by 13 points - although the do have a game in hand.

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To make matters worse, they are also six points behind - again, with a game in hand - of north London rivals Tottenham. It would be the first time since 1995 that Spurs have finished above the Gunners in the Premier League.

A couple of months ago - after their 2-1 victory over Leicester at the Emirates - Wenger’s side were favourites for the title. But a terrible run, which has seen them win just four of their previous 12 league matches, has seen their title hopes vanish.

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Bergkamp, who won three Premier Leagues in his 11 years at the club, believes his former club haven’t won the title this season due to one big problem.

Bergkamp blames the defence

"Arsenal have a really good team and a really, really good squad," Bergkamp told the Daily Mail.

"They've got tremendous players and they should be able to win the championship, but one of the biggest problems is defence.

"They should be able to win the title but one big problem is the defence. So many times the team have to react to going a goal behind or two goals behind. That happens too much.

“And at this time of the year you can't drop points. We would always have a dip in November, but their dip has come in the second half of the season. That didn't happen a lot in our time,” he added.

Bergkamp questions the attitude

The Dutchman also questioned some of the players’ attitude towards football. Earlier this month, midfielder Jack Wilshere was seen on a night out whilst working his way back to fitness and Bergkamp believes that, during the season, footballers should be 100% focused on their job.

"In Holland, we say you have to live like a monk. You focus on your job, you go home, you eat, you watch television, you go to bed. You get up, you go to training and you just live for football," he added.

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"For some people that's more difficult than for others but there's so much glory at the end. There's a certain buzz that goes through the club and you have to cherish that. 

"Sometimes it doesn't look like this current group has that. But once you've tasted success, then you know how it is. If you know how to win games it gets easier.” he concluded.

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