Arsenal problems serious but not dramatic, says Wenger

Arsene Wenger has said he accepts that Arsenal have serious problems at the moment but the manager does not feel they are dramatic, the Daily Telegraph has reported. The Gunners travel to face Schalke in a vital Champions League tie on Tuesday evening.

Wenger takes his side to Germany on the back of a defeat in the Premier League to Manchester United in a match that saw Arsenal barely competitive with the league leaders. A goal from former captain Robin van Persie following a Thomas Vermaelen mistake and a second-half header from United skipper Patrice Evra gave Sir Alex Ferguson’s team a straightforward victory.

The defeat was Arsenal’s third in their last five matches, a result that the Telegraph reveals was enough to constitute Arsenal’s worst ever start to a Premier League campaign, with the Emirates Stadium side lying seventh in the table, nine points adrift of United at the top.

Wenger acknowledged that the problem with the loss at Old Trafford was not just the result, but the way in which it arrived. He said: “We cannot say, ‘It’s all right and the performance on Saturday is all right’. It’s not true. It is a concern. It is not only the fact we lost the game but the way we lost it.

The manager added: “Even if the situation is serious, it is not dramatic. You think I am happy with not competing for the title? No. We want to get back into that position. I am confident we will bounce back.

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