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Ray Parlour: This is why Arsenal won't win the title

By Matt Farr

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour does not believe Arsenal can win the Premier League title because they lack self-belief.

Arsenal slipped to fourth in the league this week after back-to-back defeats to Everton and Manchester City, completing a frustrating festive period for the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger’s side are now nine points behind league leaders Chelsea, and with both Tottenham and Manchester United closing in on the top-four, they risk losing their grip on the title-race completely.

Arsenal have often come unstuck when the goings get tough in the title race, which is why they have failed to win a Premier League title in over a decade.

However, former Arsenal man Ray Parlour, who made 466 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners, believes that the problems lie with the players not the under-fire boss.

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Speaking to the Sun, Parlour questioned the players’ mentality, insisting that they must learn from their mistakes.

“Sometimes I look at some of the players and they are lacking in confidence at times,” he said.

“They need to believe you can win the league. Believe and be confident in your own ability. Have a winning mentality and never give up. My team believed in ourselves a lot more and we were ruthless.

“You have to have that winning mentality. Arsenal have got better at it. But you have to go out there believing every single game that you are better than the other team – even if sometimes you are not.

“Never walk off the pitch saying I could have done that better or I could have done my team justice.

“Sometimes players these days walk off and say maybe I should have done better. That’s the difference between winning, drawing and losing games.”

The Gunners wasted their opportunity to finish in second-place at Christmas, squandering one-goal leads twice in one week.

At both Everton and Manchester City, Arsenal were in complete control of the first-half; however, their intensity dropped in the second period, and they allowed their opponents to get back into, and then win, the contest.

They have two must-win home games against West Brom and Crystal Palace coming up after Christmas, and they simply cannot afford to let themselves fall further behind.

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