Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Cazorla's damning verdict on Arsenal: "We haven’t got a winning mentality"

Santi Cazorla believes he and his team mates do not have a winning mentality which is holding them back when it comes to winning silverware.

And the Spain international says it's not just those on the pitch who are killing the ambitions of the club's fans. He believes not signing the best football players at crucial moments is also holding the club back.

Cazorla told Abu Dhabi based website
"We haven’t got a winning mentality and we have to believe in ourselves (more).  
"Sometimes you can get used to not fighting, but we can’t do that.  
"Arsenal is and will always be a historic football club, we have to look forward."
He added:
"We've been unlucky in several games. We had a lot of chances to win against Manchester United and there was Ozil's penalty (against Bayern).  
"We couldn't recover after going out against Bayern in the Champions League. 
"And the defeat against Stoke finished us. You can’t lose against Stoke if you aspire to be the next champion."
The Gunners face Wigan in the FA Cup semi final this Saturday and it appears to be the one trophy Arsene Wenger's men can still get their hands on, with them sitting in fourth in the Premier League, ten points behind leaders Liverpool.

After making just the loan signing of Kim Kallstrom - who could be set to make his full debut against Wigan - in January, Arsenal watched Chelsea strengthen with the signings of Nemanja Matic, Mohamed Salah and Kurt Zouma. While Manchester United spent £37million on Cazorla's compatriot Juan Mata.

Cazorla added:
"Arsenal has everything to win. History, infrastructure, an incredible stadium and great players. 
"But we have to improve at crucial moments and sign the best football players because if you don’t do that, you may lag behind others. 
"That is what makes it different at other clubs. You've a good example in Manchester City who signed Fernandiho, (Alvaro) Negredo... or even Manchester United with (Robin) Van Persie and (Juan) Mata. 
"Arsenal know what they need next season, but it’s almost impossible to win a title if we haven’t got these kind of things."
Cazorla has stated he signed for Arsenal to win silverware and agreed a contract extension last month on the basis that the Gunners would compete on all four fronts.

However it is fair to say that the Spaniard has had a difficult second season in England and has yet to hit the highs Gooners saw during his first campaign in the Premier League.

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