I’m an Arsenal Invincibles legend. Arteta & Co need to handle the pressure better if they want to lead Man City to the title
ARSENAL just needs to get better at handling pressure.
Gunners Invincible Lauren says league leaders Mikel Arteta need to achieve a ’10/10′ ruthlessness rating if they want to win a first Prem title in 19 YEARS.
Manchester City’s 4-1 win at Southampton on Saturday closed the gap on Arsenal to six points after the Londoners squandered a 2-0 lead in a 2-2 draw at Liverpool the following day.
And Lauren insists the Gunners must clean up such meltdowns – starting with Sunday’s trip to London rivals West Ham.
The 46-year-old former defender said: “Right now Arsenal are 9/10 dealing with the pressure.
“But to get over the line and win the title, they have to get 10/10 and see the three points in every game, in a way they couldn’t at Anfield.”
Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus put Arsenal two within half an hour but Mohamed Salah pulled one back for the Reds before half-time.
The Egyptian fired a penalty wide in the second half before Roberto Firmino nodded into Liverpool’s 87th-minute equalizer as Arteta’s side dropped points for the first time in eight games.
With their game against Arsenal and a five-goal margin ahead of the rivals’ clash at the Etihad on April 26, City’s title hopes are no longer counting on the Gunners slipping.
But despite their Anfield blip, Lauren believes his old side have what it takes to fend off Pep Guardiola and co – whose next Prem game is at home in Leicester on Saturday.
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The ex-Cameroon international said: “Arsenal will show in the next eight games that they can handle the pressure and get over the line.
“I’m very proud of this team because they dominated the games. To win seven straight victories at such a crucial time of the season at Anfield was fantastic.”
Lauren also claimed that city-loving television personalities are playing mind games to distract the Gunners.
The former right-back told Sportingpost.com: “A lot of those who want City to win the league, including some pundits, are waiting until City have the title back in their hands.
“It doesn’t mean they’re going to win it. It’s in City’s hands, OK, but of course it’s also in Arsenal’s hands.
“You can’t start worrying. The only concern has to be West Ham. A game they must win.”
Arsenal travel to the struggling Hammers and could welcome Eddie Nketiah back after the forward returned to full training.
The 23-year-old has missed seven games after suffering a frustrating ankle injury in last month’s 4-0 win over Everton.
Nketiah has scored nine goals this season, including six while substituting for the injured Jesus after the World Cup.
And with the Brazilian still finding his way back to full fitness after his four-month hiatus, Nketiah’s availability will give manager Arteta more much-needed attacking options.
However, there is still no sign of defender William Saliba, who has missed Arsenal’s last three games with a back injury.
The centre-back was sorely missed at Anfield and substitute Rob Holding conceded the penalty Salah missed.
And Arteta is desperate to have the France international back for his potential title decision at the Etihad later this month.
But after three weeks without training, it is highly unlikely that he will be available at the London Stadium.