By Nick Ames
Carl Jenkinson admits that there was a deep sense of frustration in the Gunners’ dressing room after Wednesday night’s defeat against Schalke 04 – but believes that he and his team-mates can bounce back from a disappointing week.
Saturday’s match against QPR provides the perfect opportunity to get back on track, with three points badly needed after the loss to Norwich City last weekend.
“We were aware Schalke were a good side but we could have prevented the goals we conceded,” Jenkinson told the Official Matchday Programme.
“The most disappointing thing is that in the last two games we haven’t played as we can. We were playing so well before the break, but now we’re on a downer. The good thing in football, though, is that you can bounce back straight away with this game against QPR.”
Arsenal have already shown what they can do when on top of their game this season – the away matches at Manchester City and Liverpool, along with the 6-1 win over Southampton, providing sustained glimpses of Arsène Wenger’s team at its best. Now, says Jenkinson, the challenge is to produce that level of performance on a regular basis.
“Everyone was angry and disappointed after the [Norwich] game, there’s no hiding from that and I’m not going to tell you differently,” he said. “But there is spirit and belief in this squad and we’ve shown that when we play to our full potential we can beat anyone in the world.
“I genuinely believe that. It’s just about finding the consistency and putting in the kind of performances we did at Liverpool and doing that week in, week out. If we can do that, we can go very far this season. It’s just about finding the level of performance and having the fight and mentality to come out of the other side of this dip, and come out stronger.”
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