By Matt Farr
Watford hitman Troy Deeney believes Arsenal have lost their fear factor and developed a soft centre this season.
Arsenal are in grave danger of finishing outside the Premier League’s top four this season, having fallen five points behind the pack with just four wins from their last 10 matches.
They also look set to finish below north London rivals Tottenham, who are 14 points clear of Arsenal in second place, and fans won’t take too kindly to the latest comments slating their side.
Deeney, who scored at the Emirates when Watford beat Arsenal 2-1 in January, insists that there is a feeling that teams can run through them this season, delivering a scathing assessment on Arsenal’s miserable campaign.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, in a video shared on their official Twitter account on Friday night, the 28-year-old said: “The only thing I would say is when you play against Arsenal there is no fear.
“There is no one in that Arsenal team that really senses fear that you feel like you can run through them. They are great footballers, but I just think that there is just that soft centre to Arsenal.
“When Arsenal go a goal behind, I don’t ever feel confident that they will come back and win 2-1. Whether it be Burnley, whether it be Man United, they don’t have that confidence to them.”
Arsenal were second in the Premier League on January 23, but they have since been in free-fall courtesy of a miserable run of form.
They have since suffered league defeats to Watford, Chelsea, Liverpool, West Brom and Crystal Palace, whilst also crashing out of the Champions League with an embarrassing 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich.
But they have won their last three matches in all competitions, including a victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup semi final a week ago.
The Gunners next take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
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