Manchester United legend Paul Scholes savaged the Gunners following their inept display against Swansea City midweek.
The former midfielder offered his view of things in the Arsenal dressing room and on the pitch. Scholes, taking a leaf from Roy Keane's book of honest analysis, lambasted Arsenal when working as a pundit for Sky Sports:
They capitulated at Chelsea and it seems to be a similar theme when they play the top teams.
It happened in Liverpool and they conceded six against the City. For one reason or another, players just seem to go missing. The Artetas, Cazorlas, Rosickys, Ozils, it seems like they go on the pitch with no discipline.
They play a few nice little one-twos, a bit of tippy-tappy football and don't bother running back. There's no leader with them.
It's the Arsenal fans you feel sorry for, because they seem to get the same thing every year, maybe a little hint of the title for a few weeks and then go to Chelsea, City or Liverpool and do nothing.
It's hard to argue with the legend, given Arsenal's form over the last decade.
Arsene Wenger, however, refused to accept Scholes' analysis of his team. He offered a lackluster response when he said this to a Premier League press conference, per BBC:
People who have managed zero games have opinions. We have to accept that.
If six points is a 'million miles away', I don't know what the translation of a mile into a point is.
We have got to keep going, despite the last two negative results.
Champions keep going when everybody else would give up.
Given the manner of Arsenal's Jekyll and Hyde performance, it is hard to disagree with Scholes.
The Gunners were nervous and edgy in a first half that City dominated. Losing 1-0 and with their Premier League season all but over, they fought back and controlled large portions of the second half.
While Wenger and some Arsenal fans may point to how this shows character, it doesn't. In reality it shows how little real character and conviction the Gunners actually have.
When the pressure was on, they shirked their duty. When it was removed by City going ahead, they grew into the game.
This has been a problem with all of Wenger's teams over the last decade. They need to learn how to deal with expectation and pressure and embrace it.
If they can achieve this, they could win the league. Until then, they will always be regarded as outside contenders at best.