Vermaelen is as frustrated as anyone in the Arsenal camp at the moment.

The Belgian defender and his colleagues failed miserably once again as Schalke 04 managed to inflict a 2-0 defeat on them on Wednesday night.

That loss, coupled with the horror show at Norwich on Saturday has revived the doom and gloom surrounding the Emirates Stadium going into this weekend’s Premier League clash with Queens Park Rangers.

And one man who has held his hands up and admitted the set-back that the last five days have offered is the Arsenal skipper.

“I’m really disappointed. We lost on Saturday [to Norwich] and we wanted to do better here. It was the same story as Saturday – we didn’t create enough chances” he said.

“We gave 100% but it was a bit difficult. We didn’t create enough chances and we conceded two. These moments are difficult but you have to work hard.”

Following the crushing night at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal’s assistant manger Steve Bould, in the hot-seat for the suspended Arsene Wenger, expressed his own disappointment, citing that the Gunners had lost their best touch ever since returning from duty with their countries last week.

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“We haven’t looked our best since the international break. We looked like we’re lacking a bit of confidence. If we escaped with a 0-0 draw we would have been delighted. Bould said. “We’re not making many chances and that’s a concern. It looks like we’re lacking confidence on the ball and that’s unusual. We looked a bit tired and jaded.”