The Arsenal manager has insisted that his team has not gone backwards at all but admits that the recent injury problems have cost the team a lot.
With the second half of Premier League campaign set to kick off, Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger knows that he faces a tough task on his hands in a bid to guide his team back to the top four places and possibly mount a serious title assault.
The season has seen Wenger miss out on the services of many influential members of the squad due to injury and the Frenchman feels that the main reason behind inconsistent displays is down to the fact that he has never had his main players available for selection all the time.
And while he says that the team has not gone backwards this season, Wenger admits that injuries have hurt his team quite a lot this season.
“I don’t think we have gone backwards in the quality of our squad,” Wenger said. “If you look at the five players that we bought [Alexis Sánchez, Danny Welbeck, Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina], you cannot say that one of them is a failure.”
And with half the squad out due to various injuries, Wenger says that things could have been much different.