Arsene Wenger has pointed to a “turning point” in Arsenal’s season which sucked the confidence away from his squad.
The Gunners find themselves far from challenging for the title and face a battle to finish in the top four and a place in the Champions League as they find themselves in sixth spot, six points behind Man City, but with a game in hand.
At Thursday’s news conference he was asked about the Gunners’ form against the top seven, which has seen then collect just six points.
“I felt away from home we failed in big games yes and didn’t take enough points. Difficult to explain because last season it was the reverse,” said Wenger.
“There was a turning point at Everton and Man City where we lost two games on the trot. It took our confidence away from us.”
Asked whether the problems were mental shortcomings or technical, he added: “It is always difficult to isolate one factor. Defensively away from home we have conceded too many goals.”
Wenger also believes the Premier League is becoming more competitive and says the number of teams who can compete at the top is greater.
“It just shows that everybody have moved up and the number of teams who can fight at the top is bigger and the difference between the teams is smaller.
“As soon as you are not at your best you can drop points.”