Under-fire Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is still in prime position to win the FA Cup and salvage a successful season if he can halt an alarming run of recent results which have been devoid of energy and passion, according to former Gunners boss George Graham.
The Gunners slipped to a demoralising 3-0 defeat to Everton yesterday, soundly beaten by their closest rivals for a Champions League spot thanks to a dreadful performance at Goodison Park,
Wenger's side are now just a point ahead of Everton in fourth place with five matches left to play, with the Toffees possessing a game in-hand and a clear advantage in terms of positive momentum heading towards the business end of the campaign.
Fierce criticism of the Arsenal boss is splashed all over the back pages, but Graham believes that while an attack on a lethargic performance is justified Wenger can still turn the tide by securing his first trophy in nine years with back-to-back Wembley wins in the FA Cup.
He told talkSPORT: "I honestly believe Arsenal will win the FA Cup and I still think they have a great chance of finishing fourth, if they get their act together.
That positive stance over Arsenal's trophy aspirations has not stopped Graham delivering a scathing assessment of their performance against Everton though, insisting that there is a clear lack of desire to make things happen in the final third in particular.
Graham lamented: "At the beginning of big games there is usually tackles flying about, there’s intensity about the play, there is energy about the play. I don’t see any energy, any competitiveness from the first whistle, and they have got to sort it out quickly. They seem to be plodding.
"Arsenal have always been famous under Wenger for their lovely slick passing and their attacking football, but I just don’t see that nowadays. They are full of talented midfield players but, apart from [Aaron] Ramsey, nobody gets into the box."
There is little time for Arsenal to swell on another shocking Premier League away day, with Wenger's immediate priority to rally the troops for this Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Wigan Athletic at Wembley Stadium.