Arsene Wenger insists he is still the best man for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger arrived at Arsenal as an awkward and unknown character in October 1996

Arsene Wenger arrived at Arsenal as an awkward and unknown character in October 1996

"It is very hard, almost impossible now, we are too far behind", the Frenchman said after Arsenal remained on 45 points, trailing north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in fourth by 13 points.

Arsenal's dismal season hit another new low on Sunday with a 2-1 Premier League defeat to Brighton.

Arsene Wenger also prefers Arteta to replace should he retire at the end of the season.

Nearly at the stroke, he rolled into a follow up sentence with the confession: "I've never lost this many games on the trot". "The team fought back but the damage was done".

"Other teams are going forwards, like Liverpool and Spurs, and even Manchester United are recovering some of the ground they lost and Arsenal aren't".

Centre-half Lewis Dunk and striker Glenn Murray seized upon flimsy goalkeeping from Petr Cech to fire Brighton into a two-goal lead, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's strike shortly before half-time failed to spark a revival.

Arsenal were struggling to cope with Pascal Gross's movement, and sure enough, Gross played a pivotal role in Brighton's second goal, curling a sublime cross into the middle for Murray to head home.

It's been 11 games since Arsenal last kept a clean sheet in the league.

"I want to grab the players by the collar, shake them up".

The interval came at the right time for Brighton and while the Seagulls didn't develop the same momentum at the start of the second period, they again showed they could stretch the Arsenal defence. Arsene Wenger has admitted that a top four finish is now out of the question for his side. I believe I can do it.

Arsenal, in contrast, are drifting, still with more quality than the likes of Burnley and Leicester City, but no longer with the aura of a team that is part of the elite group.

Let us hope that they will perform better when they return to action on Thursday as they visit AC Milan in the Europa League. Tough, objective judgement as well. but when you struggle for confidence it's hard.

"Overall, on top of that, we made some defensive mistakes, where they took advantage of it as well". When you have just the pants on it's easy to take them pants off as well.

"It's easy to take the pants off as well, but when you are naked completely you have to find a shirt and try to put it on again, get dressed normally again".

Arsenal's nightmare run continued at the Amex Stadium yesterday as they succumbed to a 2-1 English Premier League loss to Brighton & Hove Albion.

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