By Arsenal correspondent Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez has claimed that Arsenal lack the “hunger” to win the Premier League this season.
In an extraordinary assessment of the club’s title chances, Sanchez admitted to the mental frailties that have become increasingly apparent once Arsene Wenger’s team were tipped as favourites.
The Gunners slipped up in their bid to close the gap on leaders Leicester on Wednesday, when they were beaten 2-1 by Swansea, which was their third consecutive defeat in all competitions.
Since beating Newcastle on 2 January, Arsenal have won just two of their eight Premier League matches, taking nine points out of a possible 24.
“I think we can win the league with the players we have, but we lack a certain hunger,” Sanchez told Directv Sports. “We need to step out onto the pitch as if we’re already 1-0 up.”
Recalling the Gunners’ comprehensive 3-0 triumph over Manchester United on 4 October, the Chilean added: “I remember a game against Manchester United last year. The lads looked hungry for silverware as we took to the pitch.
“We crushed them in the first 20 minutes and went 3-0 up. We were hungry and brimming with confidence that day.”
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger also said his side’s loss of form “looks a bit” like a confidence issue in the wake of their Swansea defeat on Wednesday night.
“I am worrying about our results,” he said. “We don’t dream. We have to be realistic and come back to what we do well, the basics.
“The players are very down but we have to respond. We have to focus on our job and remind ourselves that we have some quality as well.”