Arsene Wenger has admitted that at least one of his first team stars has dropped from his normal level as the pressure piles on.
The Gunners are currently sitting outside the Premier League’s top four following a run of disappointing results.
Arsenal’s defense has been exposed during that period with first choice right-back Hector Bellerin coming up short on several occasions.
Thus, Wenger has admitted that the Spaniard has not been at his best since returning from injury.
“He has not come back to his level since he has been injured. He has been feeling his ankle, yes.” the Arsenal boss said
“Then you get bad habits and you forget that your job first is to defend and win challenges because you protect yourself a little bit.
“Now he is trying to focus on again what is important, to defend well and after he can give us that extra bit that is important as well.
“I agree that for a while he was not the Hector Bellerin we had seen at the start of the season.”