Alexis Sanchez says 'self-belief' hindering Arsenal's title chances

Alexis Sanchez spurns a chance with a miss-kick before taking a shot that rebounds off the far post into the Swansea goalkeeper's gloves
Image: Alexis Sanchez has questioned the belief among Arsenal players

Alexis Sanchez says a lack of self-belief could prevent Arsenal winning the Premier League title this season.

After leaders Leicester were held at home by West Brom on Tuesday evening, Arsenal had the chance to close within three points against relegation-threatened Swansea 24 hours later.

However, goals from Wayne Routledge and Ashley Williams cancelled out Joel Campbell's opening to give the visitors three precious points on a night which also saw title rivals Tottenham lose at West Ham.

Ashley Williams puts Swansea 2-1 up against Arsenal
Image: Ashley Williams bundled in Swansea's winner at the Emirates

The defeat followed the 3-2 loss at Old Trafford last weekend and Sanchez, who hit the woodwork twice at the Emirates, believes a lack of confidence among the players is to blame for a run which has seen them win just three times in their last 11 matches.

Sky football pundit Phil Thompson thinks Arsenal aren't showing enough fight to win the Premier League.

"If we go out on to to the pitch with hunger to become champions, to win the Premier League or the Champions League we can achieve it," he told DirecTV.

"There are great players here, I train with them daily and they have got the mentality and the desire to win.

West Brom's Craig Gardner celebrates after making it 2-2 against Leicester
Image: Arsenal failed to close in on Leicester, who shipped two points against West Brom

"But sometimes we lack the hunger, the mentality that we are winning 1-0 when we go out on to the pitch.

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"Sometimes we lack this hunger to believe that we can be champions. To go out on to the pitch feeling that we are already winning 1-0."

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