Manchester City midfielder James Milner feels his side's poor form away from home in recent times has led to their title chances slipping away.

City lost 1-0 at Arsenal yesterday to fall eight points behind league leaders Manchester United and Milner has blamed the fact that they have been beaten five times in their last 10 outings on the road.

"We have played well for the majority of the season, but have come unstuck for whatever reason over the past few weeks, most of the time away from home," Milner said.

"We have been very strong at home, but away have not got the results we want.

"It is about having that ruthlessness on the road which we can learn from."

He added: "As a team, we have set standards throughout the season, but we have not met them.

"We knew it would be a tough game, but we did not perform how we know we can for whatever reason, loss of confidence, fatigue.

"We have given everything we can, and it was not good enough.

"But we have another game in a couple of days and have to pick ourselves up and go again."

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