The Gunners were thrashed 5-1 away at Liverpool on Saturday and dropped down to second in the table with Chelsea now at the summit.
The legend feels the team deserve the credit for their performances this season but says they lack the grit to go on and win the Premier League.
According to Talk Sport, he said:
Everybody has been waiting for Arsenal to fall because over recent years they have done, but I’ve seen a difference in them this year, which has been positive.
I’d still like to give them credit and say this is a blip but, having said that, they’ve got some massively important and difficult games around the corner, so time will tell.
But I’m not so sure they’ve got the grit in the centre of midfield which you need to championships.
The Gunners were blown away by Liverpool, who produced one of the most stunning opening 20 minutes seen at Anfield. In recent weeks results have come our way, but the team haven’t been playing that well. We’ve responded very well to set backs so far this season and showed the kind of spirit that’s needed to become champions.
The opening day defeat to Villa was followed up by ten wins on the spin, after the loss to United away we won our next three league games without conceding a goal and after shipping 6 goals against Man City we won six and drew two of our next eight games, keeping clean sheets in five of them. We need to respond in the same way we reacted to the above situations and if we can do so we will be very close to a trophy at the end of the season.
The trip to Anfield started a tough two months for the Gunners with games against Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool again. We now face our sternest test to put our title challenge back on track and get back to winning ways against some of the very best.
It’s not going to be easy, but if we take our punches like men and react to the loss by playing like we know we can then there’s still a chance we can come through this. We are still in touching distance of the top of the table and I don’t think the result is the crisis it is being painted to be.
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