Arsene Wenger was a little fortunate that Roy Keane wasn’t on punditry duty last night. One can only imagine how the former Manchester United captain would have reacted to Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea City.
This was a match the Gunners couldn’t afford to lose after their surprise 3-2 defeat to Manchester United last weekend.
But lose it they did. And after the match, it was BT Sport pundit Paul Scholes who tore into Arsene Wenger and his team, admitting he felt “conned” by the north London outfit.
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"Arsenal, you know this season I think I was a little bit conned by Arsenal,” Scholes commented after the match. "I thought this year they'd added a bit of steel with Cech and Ozil was coming into his own and I had a slight feeling that they might go on to win it but once again they haven't disappointed.
"They always seem to when it comes down to the crunch.
"They lose their bottle and can't produce in big games and with Wenger I think if he gets to the end of the season and they haven't won the league this year he has to be under big pressure."
Scholes makes prediction for Tottenham v Arsenal
Following successive defeats against Barcelona, United and now Swansea, many Arsenal fans want to see Wenger leave the Emirates Stadium this summer.
That will all change, of course, if the veteran French boss masterminds a win over fierce local rivals Tottenham on Saturday - but Scholes doubts whether the Gunners have the “bottle or the balls” to win at White Hart Lane.
“They [Spurs] can virtually put Arsenal away with a win," Scholes added. “The question about Arsenal is – have Arsenal got the bottle to go there and win a game after the two results they’ve just had?
“I doubt whether they’ve got the bottle or the balls to go on and do it.”
Arsenal fortunate Leicester and Spurs dropped points
Arsenal were fortunate that both teams above them in the league table, Leicester City and Spurs, also dropped points this week.
Leicester were held to a 2-2 draw at West Brom, while Tottenham suffered a 1-0 defeat against West Ham at Upton Park.
The Gunners, subsequently, remain three points behind Tottenham and six behind Leicester.
They also stay four points above Manchester City, who lost 3-0 to Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night, but both Manchester United and the Hammers are closing in on the top four following wins over Watford and Spurs.
Wenger will be acutely aware that Arsenal can’t afford to lose this weekend - as Scholes says, it could finish off the Gunners’ title hopes completely - but avoiding defeat to Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who will sense blood, will prove to be easier said than done.
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