Former Arsenal striker demands Gunners show title consistency

Alan Smith wants Arsenal to be more consistent after their 3-0 win against Manchester United

Alan Smith has demanded that Arsenal show more consistency to challenge for the Premier League title.

The Gunners landed a major blow on title rivals Manchester United at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon after a 3-0 win against Louis van Gaal’s side.

They do need to correct their defensive flaws. They’re a super-talented team with a character flaw because they’ll always throw in a dodgy or very poor performance

Alan Smith

Arsenal moved above United and into second place thanks to their landslide victory, closing the gap to just two points on current Premier League leaders Manchester City.

But after defeats by Dinamo Zagreb, Chelsea and Olympiacos in recent weeks, former Arsenal striker Smith still wants more from the north London side.

“I don’t think they have to win it this year, although it could be a good opportunity with Chelsea’s troubles.

“Arsenal are a big, big club with 60,000 punters through the turnstiles at every home game and £200m in the bank.

“Whatever you say about the spending power of Manchester City and Chelsea, they should be challenging every year from here on in.

“Yes, this could be a really good opportunity and you’re looking for consistency but it’s not now or never for me.

“They do need to correct their defensive flaws. They’re a super-talented team with a character flaw because they’ll always throw in a dodgy or very poor performance.

“It seems to be in their mentality during a match where they get a bit panicky and they can’t think with clear heads.

“They went to 2-2 with Olympiakos, all bombed forward and conceded a third. It’s happened before, it happened against Monaco.

“They do work more on combating the opposition in terms of their shape but in the heat of the moment, still, they’re letting themselves down. They need to get over that.”

The north London side surged into an early lead when Alexis Sanchez flicked home Mesut Ozil’s low cross in the sixth minute.

And the World Cup winner added a goal of his own moments later when he slotted in Theo Walcott’s pass.

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Sanchez then made it 3-0 with his second of the day when he fired in a long-range effort in the 19th minute.

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