Our former chairman Lord Sugar has suggested Arsenal’s squad have accepted they are no longer a top side according to an article in The Mirror.
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The article adds that there has been a real power shift in the capital in recent years with Mauricio Pochettino’s men going into the clash as favourites.
It adds that Lord Sugar believes Arsenal now appear to acknowledge they are not good enough to cement a title challenge.
“I think there’s a kind of precipitation down to the players – what I would call adverse publicity,” :Sugar said on the BBC’s Premier League Show.
He added:[There are] External influences from the media, uncertainty of contracts of some of the players, uncertainty of whether Arsene is really going to hack it anymore.
“And that does get down to the pitch. It is really reminiscent of my days at Spurs, where the players were kind of resigned to the fact that we were useless, because the media were saying we were useless.”
Despite his Arsenal criticisms, Lord Sugar remains a big fan of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
“He’s had them in the Champions League for 20-odd years. I don’t think anybody else has ever achieved that,” he added.
Alan Sugar spent a turbulent 10 years in charge of Tottenham before leaving his role in 2001.
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