Arsenal shouldn’t be disheartened despite Chelsea loss, says Jenas

The Gunners were beaten 1-0 on Sunday afternoon, making it three games without a win.

Speaking on BBC Match of the Day 2, broadcast from 10:30pm January 24, Jermaine Jenas says Arsenal shouldn’t be disheartened despite the loss to Chelsea.

The Gunners were looking to return to the top of the table with a win over Chelsea on Sunday, after Leicester City’s victory on Saturday took them into first.

However, a straight red for Per Mertesacker saw the tide turn against them before a goal from Diego Costa handed all three points to Guus Hiddink’s side.

The defeat continued a poor run of form for Arsene Wenger’s team at present, as they are now without a win in three games in the Premier League.

Jenas though, says they shouldn’t be disheartened about that disappointing run of form or the loss to Chelsea.

“If you look at the stats, two points from three games obviously doesn’t look great,” he told Match of the Day 2.

“But if you look at the performances they’ve put in, they went a couple of goals down at Anfield and came back from that, that showed character and Stoke was a very tough test for them and they seemed to stand up to that.”

“Even in [the Chelsea game] Arsenal were the better side and Chelsea were hanging on at times towards the end.”

While Arsenal’s performances have been encouraging, they will know that they cannot continue a run of form like this for too long.

The title race is looking to be one of the closest yet, with as many as four teams all in contention, and an extended run of poor form could see the Gunner quickly fall away quickly. 

That is something they are obviously keen to avoid, with this campaign looking like their best opportunity in a long time to secure the title once again.

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