Arsene Wenger 'Worried' by Arsenal Form After 2-1 Premier League Loss to Swansea

James DudkoFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2016

Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger gestures during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Swansea City at the Emirates stadium in London, Wednesday, March 2, 2016.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he is "worried" by Arsenal's form and called on his side "to do the basics" after the Gunners lost vital ground in the Premier League title race on Wednesday night.

A 2-1 defeat to Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium came in a round of fixtures where title rivals Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur both lost just 24 hours after Leicester City had dropped two points at home.  

After a Joel Campbell goal was answered by Wayne Routledge and Ashley Williams for the visitors, Wenger expressed his concern. But he also maintained there's no magic fix for what currently ails Arsenal, per the club:

He's right to be concerned about results, as the Gunners' winless run across all competitions is growing, according to Squawka Football:

The only way for Arsenal to snap that sequence is to improve their fortunes in front of goal. Working on finishing has to be one of the basics Wenger discussed, even if he felt his team was unfortunate against the Swans, per Kevin Palmer of Sunday World:

But citing bad luck doesn't ring true for a team that's had a season-long problem finding the net. The Gunners have scored just 44 times in the league this season, according to the division's official site, and attackers such as Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are all misfiring every week.

Solving this issue will take more than simply waiting for luck to turn.

Speaking of luck, Wenger will be ruing the cruel twist of fate that is set to keep goalkeeper Petr Cech out of the forthcoming north London derby against second-place Tottenham Hotspur, bleak news the manager confirmed via the club:

Cech's consistent form has been perhaps the only bright spot in what is threatening to turn into a nadir season in Wenger's career. He may have faith in David Ospina, but relying on a backup goalkeeper, who has looked shaky in limited action this season, likely won't fill many Gunners supporters with confidence at White Hart Lane.

But ever bullish about his team's chances, particularly in dark moments, Wenger hinted that this wild campaign may have a few more surprises yet:

Naturally, Wenger is still a believer; that's his way. But the more his players continue to fritter away opportunities to seize control of the title race, the more his belief looks like tragically misplaced faith.