Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has given his perspective on the current situation concerning one of the Gunners’ out-of-favour players.

The retired footballer was a key member of the United team which competed fiercely against Arsenal during Arsene Wenger’s early years at the club.

However, in recent seasons, especially this term, the Gunners have fallen well below their usual standards.

Much of that trouble continued on Saturday as Arsenal succumbed to a 1-0 loss against Tottenham Hotspur.

The match saw summer signing Alexandre Lacazette squander a couple of golden opportunities to score an equalizer after being brought on as a substitute in the second half.

Lacazette has received all sorts of criticism in the wake of that result, but Ferdinand insists the French striker is not a player who lacks the quality.

Thus, a lack of confidence might rather be the issue.

“I think it’s both.” Ferdinand said

“That’s the risk you take when you sign two big players in the summer and then in January. It’s up to Lacazette to say ‘I’m here to fight – I don’t care who has come in’.

“He scored goals in France – he is a good finisher but when your confidence comes away you’re not the same player.”

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