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Arsenal’s hopes of winning the Premier League title hang in the balance after a 3-2 defeat against Manchester United left the Gunners five points behind Leicester with nine games to play.
Arsene Wenger’s side have only won four of their last 10 league games and in a season when United, Chelsea and Manchester City are off the pace in the Title Race they are blowing a huge opportunity to win the title for the first time since 2004.
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Thierry Henry, Ian Wright, Petr Cech, Rio Ferdinand and Piers Morgan are among those to voice their opinion on where it has all gone wrong for Arsenal – here’s what they’ve said…
Thierry Henry: “That wasn’t the performance of a team that wanted to be champions. The only thing that is good is they are still in the title race. Arsenal had to do a bit more than that and they didn’t. How am I going to feel confident as an Arsenal fan now when they go White Hart Lane or Goodison Park?”
Rio Ferdinand: “Arsenal’s major faliure in recent years is not investing in LEADERS. People that grasp the moment, that set the right tone at the given moment”.
Ian Wright: “They do not have the mental strength to deal with being where they are at in the title race. Gunners fans know they have a fantastic opportunity to win the Premier League this season, but the team does not seem to understand the enormity of their situation, and what it requires. There are still 11 games to go but, as things stand, I do not watch them and see a team that has what it takes to win the title. I don’t know who is going to win it out of Leicester and Tottenham, but I do believe it is between those two now.”
Piers Morgan: “Stuffed by Barcelona’s Galacticos. Stuffed by United’s kids. Great week, Wenger. Who CAN you beat exactly? Beaten by a bunch of kids. Who will Wenger blame now? How about the one person most responsible for this team himself. I’m going to run for manager. Motto #MakingArsenalGreatAgain”.
Petr Cech: “This was a big disappointment for us and is a step back after last week, where we managed to overcome a deficit against Leicester at home. It’s a step back but we can still make up for this. We have two important games coming up this week and, if we manage to win both, the table might look better again.”
Graeme Souness: “Arsene Wenger must be tearing his hair out. There’s a word I want to use, but I can’t, which describes a lack of something real players have. And these Arsenal players lack it in abundance, they just don’t have it, none. That today was totally unacceptable.”
Martin Keown: “I firmly believe that defending is about more than just your back four. You have to defend as a team but that’s exactly where Arsenal failed on Sunday. Too often they were caught out in transitions, with the midfield out of position and the defence exposed. When Arsenal pressed high up the pitch the defensive line was too deep and there was not enough of a midfield shield. That left holes for United.”
Frank McLintock: “We have got a chance, like the other three [clubs] have up there, of winning the [Premier League] championship this year here. But if you are talking of global football and you are talking about Bayern Munich and Barcelona, Real Madrid etc, etc, I think we are a long way away from that position, which really disappoints me because I think Arsenal should be now, starting from the last year or two, a really, really big club with financial clout.”
Arsene Wenger: “Let’s not go overboard – they still had a few millions on the pitch today, from De Gea to the whole of the midfield. They spent a lot of money on [Memphis] Depay – you cannot call him a player from the academy.”
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