Winterburn: Arsenal 'seem a little frail'


Arsenal great Nigel Winterburn says that his former club seem a little frail at the moment.

The Gunners have witnessed their season collapse on multiple fronts since the turn of the year, and Winterburn thinks that the current squad lacks in mental strength and a winning mentality.

He said: “I played with teams that were used to winning, winning trophies every single season.

“We had that mentality and belief and that helps so much. You knew deep down that everything was there for you.

“But with this team, they’ve won a couple of FA Cups but they haven’t been that close in the league when it’s come to the nitty gritty of April and May.

“Sometimes you look at the mentality of a player and maybe they are affected by the results too quickly. When you’re confident, you move the ball quicker, your play is sharper and the team plays well.

“I don’t agree with this idea that players are not trying. Players always try. But when you’re not confident, your movement is not as sharp, you make silly mistakes, you’re hesitant, you think about things a lot more. That’s different to not trying.

“Ability-wise, I’m 100 per cent sure that there were a lot of players out there who had more individual ability than I had. But I just refused to accept defeat. At weekends, if I lost a game of football, we definitely didn’t go out.

“It’s hard when you’re not there every single day to understand what they are really like. But they do seem a little frail and I think that comes through maybe not winning league titles and so you don’t have that real belief that you can pull it round quickly.

“We had some strong characters so you definitely didn’t stay down for too long.”

Source: Tribal football