Wenger reveals difficult times
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsene Wenger has admitted Arsenal's current sticky situation is his worst since 1996.Arsene Wenger has admitted Arsenal's current sticky situation is his worst since his first season at Highbury.
The French tactician, who has overseen 10 years of football in North London, has seen his side slip 25 points behind leaders Chelsea this term.
Wenger has conceded Patrick Vieira's exit has not helped matters, but he does not believe the midfielder's absence is the main reason for their disappointment.
The Arsenal boss believes that their poor start to the season has seen some of their players lose confidence, something they have failed to regain.
"I've never known such a period at Arsenal, apart from maybe my first year here 10 years ago when we were fifth or sixth in January," said Wenger to the News of the World.
"I do not think that Vieira's departure to Juventus is the main reason for our problems. It's one reason, but it is not the main reason.
"The real reason is a sum of a lot of other things. We've had a lot of injuries and our squad is very young.
"Maybe we lost of a bit of confidence in our ability as well because of our difficult start to the season."
Meanwhile, Strasbourg's Sidi Keita claims Arsenal are monitoring his services and that he is interested in a switch to The Premiership.
"I know that Arsenal are following me and want to take me next season," Keita.
"I would simply love to play in England for such a massive club."