Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has stuck the knife into Arsenal, by claiming that Arsene Wenger’s side can only play when the pressure is off, according to the London Evening Standard.
The midfielder made the statement following the Gunners’ 2-0 victory against Monaco in the Champions League. As impressive as the performance was, it was not enough to see Arsenal through to the last eight of the competition, having lost the first leg 3-1 at the Emirates, and Scholes believes that as good as the win was, it was only produced as they had nothing to lose.
“Typical Arsenal, that when the pressure is off, they played their best football,” Scholes said.
The former England international has been critical of Arsenal’s record signing Mesut Ozil in the past, and he once again felt that the German’s performance in the principality was not good enough to justify his selection.
“It was another game from Özil, and another failure to make the big difference. It was not his worst performance, and he had a role in the first goal for Olivier Giroud, but how long must Arsenal wait for him to deliver the moment that wins them a tie like that against all the odds?” He added.
Despite Scholes’s disappointment, Arsenal have enjoyed a great run recently – with the Monaco defeat being their only loss in their last nine games – and currently sit third in the Premier League, well on course for another go at the Champions League next season.