Alexis Sanchez says Arsenal “lack self-belief” to become Barclays Premier League champions this season.
The Gunners blew a big chance to increase the pressure on leaders Leicester when they were beaten at home 2-1 by Swansea on Wednesday night.
Joel Campbell had opened the scoring for Arsenal, who also hit the woodwork on three occasions, but goals from Wayne Routledge and Ashley Williams saw Swansea leave the Emirates Stadium with all three points for the third time in four years.
It was a much-changed Swans line-up, showing six alterations from the weekend defeat to Tottenham and with more than an eye on a crunch match at home to fellow strugglers Norwich on Saturday.
They picked up the win without head coach Francesco Guidolin, who was admitted to a London hospital with a chest infection, but still managed to dent both Arsenal’s confidence and their title hopes.
And Sanchez, who hit the post in the first half before cracking a second-half free-kick against the crossbar, feels it is the confidence of the squad that has seen them embark on a damaging run of just three wins from 11 games in all competitions.
“We lack self-belief, that we can actually be champions,” he told Directv Sports.
“I think we can win the Premier League with the players we have. That said, we lack a certain hunger. We need to step out onto the pitch as if we’re already 1-0 up.
“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.”