Arsene Wenger has attributed the Premier League leaders’ recent run of four games without a win to an “horrendous” fixture list.
The Gunners’ Boxing Day 3-1 win at West Ham brought to an end a run of four games without a win in all competitions- starting with the 1-1 draw against Everton at the Emirate stadium on December 8- and also saw them reclaim the top spot of the league standing.
“It has been a difficult period but mainly down to our schedule. I completely think our schedule has been absolutely horrendous,” said the French boss.
Since beating Hull City 2-0 at home on December 4, the Gunners have gained just two points from a possible nine, while also suffering their heaviest defeat so far in the hands of Manchester City about a fortnight ago.
The North London club also dropped points in their final Champions League group game away to Napoli, but managed to reach the last 16, where they’ve been pitted against the defending Champions Bayern Munich.
Wenger thinks the effect of the busy month of December on his team’s result had also impacted on their confidence.
“When you do not win for four games, it’s important to come back for your confidence level to win,” he noted.
“If we had not won (at West Ham), we would have had to answer many questions. It was the kind of game many people would have questioned us had we not won and especially if we lost.”
Up next will be a trip to St. James’ Park for the Gunners, where they face a rejuvenated Newcastle United.