Santi Cazorla has promised Arsenal will turn their season around after calling on his team mates to show “maturity” to dig themselves out of their crisis.
Arsenal travel to Reading on Monday at the start of a five-game run that also sees them face two more relegation candidates in Wigan and Southampton, plus off-form sides West Ham (three losses in four games in the league) and Newcastle (five defeats in their last six Prem matches).
Cazorla believes that Arsenal will turn their season around by digging deep to produce a consistent run of results over the festive period.
“I am confident that the best moments for Arsenal this season are still to come” said Cazorla
“Nobody believed we would get eliminated against Bradford, but in football you get these upsets. We were superior to our opponents but we did not get any success.
“Our problem is inconsistency in matches.
“We need to show maturity and confidence to get results. The lack of points are important because we want to fight for the title.”
Landing Cazorla was seen as a major coup for Arsenal, but he has struggled to show his best form on a consistent basis.
However, in an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, Cazorla has insisted he is enjoying his football under Wenger and also praised fellow Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta, even though his countryman has been overlooked by Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque.
Cazorla said: “Wenger has given me total freedom on the pitch. That’s very important for a new player who has arrived in the summer.
“The style which Arsenal play is perfect to me and I am more content with each day because I take on more responsibility for the direction of games.
“I have spoken to Mikel about his chances for the Spain national team. It is very difficult now to get a place in Del Bosque’s team but if he follows this level then I think he could still get an opportunity.”