Arsene Wenger says that the top quality players respond during times of adversity and this will help Arsenal bounce back from the poor form that they have been experiencing since the start of 2016. The club has had only one league win since the turn of the year and this poor form has contributed to their demise from the top of the table.

The recent 0-0 draw with Southampton saw them slip to fourth place with Manchester United also closing in on this position. Even then, Wenger is trying to remain positive since he feels that other teams will also drop points between now and the end of the season.

There are some tough away matches for Arsenal in the last 14 games. This includes trips to face the likes of Tottenham, Manchester City, and Everton.

The club will also have to focus on other competitions like the FA Cup and the Champions League. The latter could particularly be very decisive to the morale of the team. They are up against favourites Barcelona in the last 16 stage. A potential thrashing could be demoralise the team heavily and put them at a major disadvantage for the league title.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom – in spite of teh fact that it has been more than a decade since the club last were crowned as the league champions, they are now favourites to land the title according to some online bookmakers, just ahead of the rejuvenated Leicester City force.

“It’s true that we’ve had a stuttering start in 2016. That’s where we have the deficit at the moment. We have to catch that back and we have a difficult programme, especially away from home. We need to respond quickly away from home now. We are still in the fight in the Premier League, so let’s as well be a bit realistic. I believe that top-quality people respond when they are in trouble. That’s a good way to do it,” said the gunners manager ahead of the match with Bournemouth.

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