Football: Constant Arsenal slip-ups a worry for Wenger

LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said his players do not currently possess the ruthlessness to challenge Chelsea and Manchester City for the English Premier League title.

The Gunners were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Hull City on Saturday and required a stoppage-time equaliser from England forward Danny Welbeck to avoid losing the football game.

That result left them 11 points behind leaders Chelsea and six behind reigning champions Manchester City, with Southampton, West Ham and Manchester United also now above them in the table.

Wenger made it clear he felt Hull should have been beaten, and that a lack of focus by experienced players was the main reason why Arsenal failed to win.

"Of course I cannot say it's not a concern," the veteran French boss said on the subject of Arsenal's fading status as title-contenders. "It's a big concern because the other teams win their games and we don't."

Wenger added: "It was a disappointing afternoon because we had 80 per cent possession and got one point. We had absolutely to win this game and were unlucky with the referee on the first goal but on the second goal we can only blame ourselves.

"We came out of the dressing room with a lack of focus and gave them (Hull) the lead straight away. After, it was difficult.

"I cannot fault the effort or the heart that we put in the game but the defensive concentration was missing on the second goal and at that level you cannot give goals away like that."