Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Arsenal haven't fixed things in six years - Charlie Nicholas

Arsenal haven't fixed things in six years -   Charlie Nicholas

Former Arsenal star  Charlie Nicholas has accessed the club's performance this season and claims they have been “in freefall and haven’t fixed things in six years.

Arsenal finished eighth on the Premier League table in the just concluded season meaning they have missed out on European competition for next season. However, the London club still has a lifeline if the can win the FA Cup final against fellow London side, Chelsea.

Speaking on SkySports, about how Arsenal has fair this season, Nicholas believes they didn't do too well but they are on the right track as Mikel Arteta seems like the man who will bring back glory to the club.

'It's not Mikel Arteta's fault, it's a club that have been in freefall and haven't fixed things in six years,' Nicholas said

'They finished eighth because they only won 14 games - that's the lowest I can recall in the Premier League era. I could probably look back while Arteta has come in and say why am I giving them a D?

'But I have to take it as a whole season. He's made it better. I'm not a great man for stats, and his stats have not been great, but I think as Arsenal people we want to see progress and we are.'

'There's been too many draws, I look at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - his goals have been great, both goalkeepers have been good, and other than that, I'm looking at Bukayo Saka. But no other players of real substance.'

Nicholas also gave his opinion about Chelsea and revealed Frank Lampard has really done well, Claiming he has managed his youngsters quite well with Tammy Abraham and Reece James showing they can be a big star for the club in the near future.

'This will be a B+ if they beat Arsenal in the FA Cup final. The agenda for Frank Lampard was a change of style; youngsters getting more opportunities,' he said

'When I look at who's been the real stars, Tammy Abraham had a good season, Reece James looks a good prospect, but I don't see the improvement in the defence generally or Kepa Arrizabalaga being a top-class goalkeeper.'

'Christian Pulisic is the one who's caught my eye most since the restart. He looks up to Eden Hazard's level already, he's got two great feet.'

'Frank's still had to rely on a couple of his old warhorses to get Chelsea over the line, but overall I think he can be pleased. The Champions League is a big thing for Chelsea financially.'

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