Frank Lampard pinpoints why Arsenal have struggled under Arsene Wenger
The Chelsea FC legend opens up about Arsenal's struggles under Arsene Wenger over the past decade or so
Frank Lampard has accused the Arsenal squad of allowing their standards to drop over the past few seasons.
The Gunners are in sixth spot in the Premier League table and a long way behind their bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur in fourth place.
Arsenal have missed out on a place in the Champions League in the past two seasons to heap pressure on their French coach Arsene Wenger.
The north London side can still qualify for Europe’s premier club competition if Arsenal manage to win the Europa League this term.
However, Arsenal drew 1-1 with 10-man Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final at the Emirates Stadium last week.
The Gunners manager is set to leave at the end of the season following another disappointing campaign under the 68-year-old.
Former Chelsea FC midfielder Lampard delivered his withering verdict on Arsenal’s regression under Wenger over the past decade or so.
“There is certainly a tough challenge there though and the failure to finish in the top four again is significant,” Lampard told the Evening Standard.
“It is more competitive at the top of the table these days, but they should be closer to fourth spot than to Burnley.
“I’m not singling out Wenger here. It feels like the squad have accepted they can’t compete to win the League any more and there has been a lowering of standards in recent years. Against Atletico they have a chance to redeem themselves.”
Arsenal lost to Turkish side Galatasaray in the Uefa Cup in 2000 before the Gunners lost 2-1 to FC Barcelona in the Champions League final in Paris in 2006.
The Gunners missed out on a spot in the Champions League last term after Arsenal finished in fifth spot in the table and behind Liverpool FC.