Arsenal only perform when the pressure is off, blasts Man Utd legend

Paul Scholes says that Arsenal fail to deliver on the bid stage when it matters

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Paul Scholes has rubbed salt in Arsenal’s wounds following the Gunners’ midweek Champions League exit, by claiming that the Gunners only perform when they are not under pressure to get a result.

Arsene Wenger’s men were dumped out of Europe’s elite club competition on away goals after Tuesday night’s 2-0 win at Monaco resulted in a 3-3 aggregate draw in the last 16.

The north London side earned plenty of praise for their valiant display at Stade Louis II, as goals from Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey handed Wenger’s side a commanding victory on the night.

However, former Manchester United midfielder Scholes believes that the result further highlights Arsenal’s inability to deliver in the big games when it counts.

Scholes wrote in his column for the Independent: “In Monaco, Arsenal showed what they can do when the shackles were off and they had to attack.

“It was a brilliant performance against a very average team, even if they did not get the third goal they needed. Typical Arsenal, that when the pressure is off, they played their best football.

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“Once again I was impressed with the midfield partnership of Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin, although I would have picked a different team to the one that Arsène Wenger selected. I would have played Cazorla further up the pitch, started with Aaron Ramsey alongside Coquelin and dropped Mesut Ozil.

“It was another game from Ozil, and another failure to make the big difference. It was not his worst performance, and he had a role in the first goal for Olivier Giroud, but how long must Arsenal wait for him to deliver the moment that wins them a tie like that against all the odds?

“He found space but his touch was not great. He tried hard but he slows Arsenal down at times. He was bought to make a difference on nights like that.”

Arsenal head to Newcastle United looking to keep up their bid for a top-four finish.

The Gunners are currently third in the Premier League table and just a point behind defending champions Manchester City.


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