Our Arsenal fans here in the Transfer Tavern are looking forward to the end of this season now with things once again letting them down at crucial times.
Indeed, the less said about their Premier League and Champions League challenges the better with the Gunners crumbling in both – inciting a huge back-lash from fans and pundits alike.
Certainly, one of the recurring themes of the criticism is that Arsenal are nowhere near mentally strong enough to be champions and that surely has to be changed if they are to be hugely successful again.
Indeed, one man from an era where the Gunners were top dogs – Gilberto Silva – has been the latest to refer to this appraisal in an interview with The Metro newspaper – via 11versus11.com.
The Brazilian legend was part of the famous Invincibles side from 2003/04 and he has said that the Gunners need to show more character if they are to get out of this rut.
Indeed, the former midfielder and World Cup winner certainly didn’t pull any punches with a frank view of things:
“All the players need to take responsibility now.
“They need to say to themselves, ‘I’m the boss here, the club trust me and I need to give something back to them.’
“I’m sure they understand they need to take responsibility for their performances. The pressure isn’t only on the manager but the players as well. They need to push themselves even more.
“You have to stay strong mentally. Many teams play physically against Arsenal because that’s their only way of beating them. When that happens, Arsenal have to match them. They have to be ready for this sort of game as well as showing their ability.”
Many of our Arsenal punters have found themselves nodding their heads reading these words, too, but, ultimately, it’s up to the players to take heed and respond.
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