Arsenal suffering from lack of confidence, says Rosicky

Arsenal are suffering from a lack of confidence, midfielder Tomas Rosicky has claimed, with one of the effects being that the players are afraid to pass the ball forwards, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The Gunners are currently 10th in the Premier League, 15 points off the top of the table and suffered a home defeat to Swansea City at the weekend. And while the Gunners have qualified from the group stage of the Champions League, they did so in second place after losing to Olympiakos in Greece, when a victory would have seen Arsene Wenger’s side top the table after Schalke could only draw with Montpellier.

Rosicky believes his side’s current struggles are borne of a lack of confidence, leading the players to take the safe option and pass the ball backwards or sideways, rather than attempt to be more attacking and move the ball further up the pitch.

He said: “ It is a matter of confidence. You can see there are more back-passes than we used to do. You have to gain confidence by winning the next game. Maybe I can bring calmness – sometimes we don’t keep the ball as we used to.

We have another game this Saturday. It is a good opportunity to start all over again. I can understand the frustration from the fans, as I am an Arsenal fan as well. It is understandable sometimes. We have to understand they feel frustration.

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