Stan Collymore: This is what Arsenal are missing in Champions League
Stan Collymore criticises Arsenal's poor legacy in Europe
Arsenal have lost their fear factor in the Champions League, according to Stan Collymore.
The Gunners crashed out of Europe’s premier club competition last month after Arsene Wenger’s side suffered a 5-1 aggregate defeat by Barcelona over two legs in the last 16.
Arsene Wenger’s side haven’t reached the Champions League quarter-finals since 2010 and the north London side have never won Europe’s prized trophy despite their long association with the competition.
Former Liverpool and Nottingham Forest striker Collymore explained why Europe’s biggest clubs, such as Barcelona and Bayern Munich, don’t fear the Premier League side in the Champions League any more.
“Arsenal is a great domestic English club with a poor legacy in Europe,” Collymore told Boylesport.
“To get one they need a hard-nosed pragmatist who will drag the club up by its bootstraps, win the Premier League and go into continental football being respected and feared. Neither Barca, Bayern or Real currently fear Arsenal. They all say “It will be a tough game, yada yada..” but in reality the big boys look at Arsenal as a relatively soft touch to overcome on their way to European glory, and that’s the truth.”
Arsenal have also struggled on the domestic front this season after losing their first FA Cup game in three years following a 2-1 defeat by their London rivals Watford at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners will host strugglers Crystal Palace in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.