Arsene Wenger believes that the negative atmosphere at the Emirates is making his Arsenal players too nervous to perform to the best of their ability.
The Gunners were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City as they looked to get themselves back into top five, meaning they’ve only won three of their last ten games in all competitions.
And Wenger reckons that the club’s disgruntled supporters are beginning to get to his players leading to them putting in poor performances as they become worried about what the crowd thinks.
He said: “I felt we started too timidly and with not enough authority. You can see that nerves play a part in our team at the moment when we play at home.
“[The players are nervous] because they feel the scepticism around the team. The players feel that they want to do well. They have a great desire to do well, so maybe they’re a bit too anxious that they don’t respond completely to the expectation level of the crowd.”
And Wenger added that his side’s lack of concentration disappointed him more than Laurent Koscielny’s early red card.
He said: “It was the decision of the referee. We have to accept it. The reality is that you play with ten-men for 80 minutes and of course that’s difficult in a big game. We made a mistake that you cannot afford to do at this level.
“We gave absolutely everything until the end but we made the task to difficult for ourselves. On top of that we lacked focus on the first goal and we’ve gave the goals away in an easy way.