Arsenal have mental block at Premier League title rivals, claims Alan Smith

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith believes the Gunners have a mental block when it comes to facing their title rivals

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: Puma

Arsenal have a mental block when it comes to facing their Premier League title rivals, according to Alan Smith.

The Gunners suffered a humiliating 6-0 loss to leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, dropping to fourth in the table.

There is something fundamentally wrong at the club

Alan Smith

Arsene Wenger’s side have already lost 6-3 at Etihad Stadium and fell to a 5-1 rout at Liverpool earlier in the Premier League campaign.

“It was groundhog day,” Smith told Sky Sports News.

“Arsenal played in an open fashion in the way that they did at Manchester City and Liverpool as well, giving the ball away.

“When they did give the ball away, the opposition were straight at them.”

“For Arsenal, they didn’t start in the way that you would expect for a game of this magnitude.

“Arsenal, the way that they approach these tasks against the heavyweight of the Premier League, it does leave them open.”

He added: “There is something fundamentally wrong at the club. I think it comes down to a mental block as well – the fact that they haven’t got a result against the big boys for so many years now.

“They go to Stamford Bridge and go to City and don’t believe they can do it. As a result, they are a little bit inhibited.

“They don’t play with the same swagger as they do in other matches.”

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