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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger concedes his team have lost confidence after the 3-0 defeat at Everton left their hopes of a 17th consecutive Champions League appearance in doubt, reports Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror.
Goals from Steven Naismith and Romelu Lukaku, plus an own goal by Mikel Arteta, saw the Blues move a point behind the Gunners with a game in hand in the chase for the top four in the Premier League.
Wenger is quoted as saying:
Our performance wasn't convincing, defensively or offensively. Everton were better and deserved to win.
It’s a very disappointing result and performance, the two go together. We have to regroup and get back to basics.
Psychologically we've lost a bit of confidence. We had a lot of the ball but weren't really dangerous.
Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes the successor to Wenger was in the opposition dug-out at Goodison Park on Sunday, reports Graeme Yorke of the Daily Mail:
That's the kind of manager that you want, a good young manager that has proven himself tactically, he knows what he's doing.
It's got to be that kind of man, Roberto Martinez, he's the perfect one. If someone was to ask me who I want, I'd say Roberto Martinez.
That's the kind of manager you've got to be looking at to take Arsenal forward.