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Arsenal lacking confidence, Arsene Wenger admits

Arsene Wenger is under pressure. Credit: PA

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted his team are suffering a lack of confidence after witnessing their latest 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Thursday.

It's the second time in a week Arsenal have lost by that scoreline, having also suffered at City's hands at Wembley in the the Carabao Cup final.

Three sublime first-half goals from Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sane ensured City took the points at the Emirates, heaping more pressure on Wenger in the process.

The result leaves Arsenal in sixth place, eight points behind Chelsea in fifth and their hopes of finishing in the top four looking remote.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan's return to the team did not help. Credit: PA

"I think it was a game with a team of top quality and full of confidence against us who were low on confidence," the Arsenal boss said.

"I knew before the game the first half would be difficult for us after what happened on Sunday and we needed at least to be level at half-time.

"They took advantage of our lack of confidence. We're going through a difficult period, they're going through a period where all goes well for them.

"When your confidence is not at the best, the first thing that goes is your fluidity in the movement, the spontaneous side of the game.

"You could see that tonight. I don't deny their quality because they have top quality, but we're going through a difficult patch at the moment. That's part of football as well unfortunately."