Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal’s problems have come from their inability to defend.
The Gunners have lost four of their last five Premier League matches and are now sixth in the table.
They go into this weekend’s clash with Manchester City six points adrift of the top four and another defeat will virtually rule them out of Champions League qualification.
Before the international break they were beaten 3-1 by West Brom with their defensive frailties exposed once again.
And Wenger admits his side are currently not doing enough defensively.
“What’s gone wrong? We don’t defend well enough and that’s what’s gone wrong,” he told Sky Sports.
“We have to look at ourselves and believe in our qualities because if you look at our offensive numbers they are very positive in the league.
“We need to defend better and that’s why we’ve lost some big games. When I say defend better it’s not just the defenders it’s the team as a whole.”
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Arsenal know a win against City can give them a real boost going into the final stretch of the season and Wenger hopes his players can turn things around.
“We are in a difficult situation together and we have to respond together. Life is a great opportunity to fight and when you have that turn up and go for it,” he added.
“Our future depends on how well we finish the season and it’s a good opportunity to show that we have that quality.”