Paul Scholes questions Arsenal’s mental strength
Paul Scholes says Arsenal's failure to perform against the top teams could cost them this season
Paul Scholes believes that Arsenal’s failure to perform against the top teams will prevent them from winning the Champions League this season.
The Gunners kick off their campaign against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night as they compete in the group stage of Europe’s elite club competition for the 17th successive season.
But former United midfielder Scholes feels that a lack of “mental strength” in Arsene Wenger’s side could prove to be their undoing in Europe this term.
“They [Arsenal] always qualify and always seem to get through the group,” Scholes told ITV.
“The only problem with Arsenal is when they meet top teams, they don’t seem to have the consistent level of mental strength to get through it.”
Borussia Dortmund v Arsenal: Pre-match facts
• Arsenal qualified for their 17th successive group stage campaign with a 1-0 aggregate win over Beşiktaş in the play-offs, Alexis Sánchez scoring the winner, his first goal for the club.
• The Gunners have won five of their last 10 away games in the competition, drawing three and losing two.
• Arsenal’s record against German clubs away from home is W5 D5 L5; overall it is W14 D6 L10.
• Per Mertesacker scored two goals in 16 appearances against BVB while with Hannover and Werder Bremen (2003–11).