By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger believes that Arsenal's season turned the moment they lost the Carling Cup Final.

When the Frenchman arrived at Wembley on February 27 his team were fighting on all four fronts and looked set to end their six-year wait for silverware with a victory over underdogs Birmingham City.

Instead a late defensive mix-up handed the Blues the trophy, Wenger's shaken squad tumbled out of the Champions League and the FA Cup within a week and their title challenge faded too. According to the Arsenal boss, that Wembley setback was the catalyst.

"I feel that the team gave a lot in the last two months but since we lost in the Carling Cup everything turned a little bit against us," he said.

"This team had fought very well and has a fantastic attitude. I just feel that that after the Carling Cup we continued to be absolutely spot-on with our attitude but we missed a little bit of that subconscious belief that makes you win.

"That frustrates you because you know that it is there and you want to fight against it." 

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28 Apr 2011