Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazola believes his team-mates lack the winning mentality to win the Premier League.
The Gunners have been top of the league for the majority of the season, but over the last month, they have gone from title contenders to scrapping for a top-four finish, and Cazorla believes it’s down to a poor mentality within the camp.
Humiliating defeats to Stoke City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton have all seen Arsene Wenger’s men fall down to fourth and just one point ahead of fifth placed Everton, who also have a game in hand.
The FA Cup is now Arsenal’s only realistic chance of winning silverware this season, and Cazorla has laid into his team-mates ahead of their Semi-Final by claiming they don’t have the winning mentality anymore.
‘We’ve been unlucky in several games. We had a lot of chances to win against Manchester United and there was Ozil’s penalty (against Bayern),’ he said.
‘We couldn’t recover after going out against Bayern in the Champions League.
‘And the defeat against Stoke finished us. You can’t lose against Stoke if you aspire to be the next champion.
‘We haven’t got a winning mentality and we have to believe in ourselves (more). Sometimes you can get used to not fighting, but we can’t do that. Arsenal is and will always be a historic football club, we have to look forward.’
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles