A former Arsenal player has expressed his honest thoughts about how the Gunners have been faring so far this season.
Despite going 18 games unbeaten in all competitions, the Gunners are still fourth on the Premier League table and set to finish second in their Champions League group for the fifth season in a row.
A run of three consecutive draws to Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain has reaffirmed concerns about Arsenal’s title hopes this season.
And according to ex-Gunner Alan Smith, he has seen enough to write off the chances of Arsene Wenger’s side securing any of the two major trophies this year.
“There’s never going to be a full-blown crisis at Arsenal because they’ve got too many players to win games and stay at a level, as in top four. But it’s going that extra step.” Smith said on Wednesday.
“And we were hoping this year that they can go that extra step, but it’s that mental approach, that psychological barrier that prevents them from doing that.
“Things aren’t going to be any better in the Champions League this season, they’re not going to win it, and I don’t think they’re going to win the league, so they’re in a very similar position to what they have been in recent seasons.
“It’s not a disaster to finish second to PSG, I think we’ve got to get that right, because PSG are a very good side and they showed that last night at the Emirates.
“Arsenal have got history of finishing second and suffering. They’re not in the best of form, the Manchester United performance was shockingly poor in many ways.
“They didn’t turn up. Why? Wenger said afterwards: ‘Have my players got a mental block about playing at Old Trafford?’
“I mean if the manager is thinking that then you have got problems. There is something still missing.”