Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is till defiant and believes his side can still finish in the top four and achieve Champions League football for next season.
The Gunners were held to a goalless draw at the Reebok Stadium on Wednesday night and have now gone three games without a win after successive losses to Manchester United and Swansea.
Wenger’s side have slipped down to seventh place in the Premier League, five points behind fourth place Chelsea and 14 points joint league leaders Manchester City and Manchester United
With the news that Jack Wilshere has a stress fracture in his right heel and could now miss the rest of the season, it has been a terrible few days for Wenger, but the Frenchman is still confident the club could secure a fourth placed finish.
“Of course I am confident of top four finish,” Wenger was quoted in the Daily Mail. “There is a long way to go. I'm confident we can come back. We have come through a difficult period. We lost three league games but could have won them as well.
“We are confident but I believe we have to produce our form game by game. For us, every game in the championship now is a cup final. We go into a period now playing in the FA Cup, playing in the Champions League and, combined, those three will be difficult.
“It is important we don't have more injuries. Wilshere? I don't know any more than you. You want your best players available when you go into February in the Champions League, the FA Cup and you want to come back into the top four you want your best players available. Of course it's frustrating.”
Arsenal will hope to get back on track as they face struggling Blackburn Rovers at the Emirates this weekend, before a critical few weeks where they play AC Milan in the Champions League and then Sunderland or Middlebrough in the FA Cup.