There has been plenty of reaction from the Arsenal camp after their disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Swansea on Wednesday.
A win would have seen the Gunners close the gap on the league leaders, Leicester, to just three points and allow them to forget about their poor performance at Old Trafford which saw them lose 3-2.
However, despite taking the lead after 15 minutes, Arsene Wenger’s side allowed the relegation-threatend Swans to turn the match around and leave north London with all three points.
After the match, Wenger admitted his players are suffering a confidence crisis.
“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.”
While, star man Alexis Sanchez blasted his side’s attitude, claiming: “We lack self-belief, that we can actually be champions. We lack a certain hunger,” he told Directv Sports, as per The Guardian.
And now, Thierry Henry, who was at the Emirates on Wednesday, has admitted that the Arsenal fans have never sounded so enraged during a match than they were against Swansea.
"I have never heard the Arsenal supporters as angry as they were at the Emirates on Wednesday night when their team lost at home to Swansea,” he wrote in The Sun.
"They were less patient than I have ever known, booed one of the manager’s substitutions and groaned every time a pass went astray or a tackle was lost.
"The stick that Arsene Wenger has been getting is not personal. People judge what they are seeing, although some maybe go too far in the way they express their unhappiness.
"But there is no smoke without fire and those flames were not started in the stands. They were lit on the pitch by the performance of the players,” he concluded.
Surprisingly, Wenger has hit-back at the club legend, insisting that the former striker is wrong.
The Frenchman said in his press conference: “He can’t measure angriness of 60,000 people, he sits in the stadium’s best seats."
It leaves the club in a sticky situation when playing home matches.
The players lack confidence and it’s only going to be dented even more with the reaction from the crowd every time they make a mistake.
In a way, Arsenal players may be relieved that their huge north London derby on Saturday is at White Hart Lane, rather than the Emirates.
Either way, the Gunners are aware that a defeat in the lunchtime kick-off could see their Premier League drought, which stretches back to 2004, continue.
A loss would leave them six points behind Spurs with nine matches remaining and, if Leicester beat Watford later in the day, they would trail the Foxes by nine.
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