Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has fired shots at Arsenal in the wake of the Hornets' 2-1 victory over the Gunners in the FA Cup, describing them as a "small team" who won't be winning the Premier League title this season.
According to Reuters (h/t the Daily Mail), the stopper told ESPN Brasil:
It is the best time to play Arsenal and we came to the match very confident. When you see Arsenal playing against big teams, they look like a small team.
They don't look like winning a title soon. We knew once we had the ball we'd be able to pass it around since Arsenal give you too much space. They are not strong defensively.
After Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura condemned Arsenal to defeat on their own turf on Sunday, the league represents the Gunners' only remaining chance at silverware this season, unless they can overturn a 2-0 deficit against Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the UEFA Champions League.
Leicester City sit top of the table eight points ahead of Arsenal and look likely to extend their lead over the chasing pack as they face relegation candidates Newcastle United at home on Monday, though Arsenal will have a game in hand.
As Sky Sports News HQ and Squawka Football revealed, their recent form does little to inspire confidence they can close the gap:
Sky Sports News HQ @SkySportsNewsHQ
Here are Arsenal's results in all competitions since January 13, 2016 #SSNHQ https://t.co/xNX6LcCwdY2016-3-14 13:53:53
Squawka Football @Squawka
Arsenal's last 7 games across all competitions: DLLLDWL Goals: 10 Conceded: 11 Clean sheets: 2 https://t.co/XUm7HdMihV2016-3-13 22:46:03
Bleacher Report UK summed up the feeling of Arsenal fans at the final whistle against Watford, which ended their hopes of winning the FA Cup for a third consecutive season:
Bleacher Report UK @br_uk
#Arsenal fans right now. https://t.co/VbfEIJzxeg2016-3-13 16:00:48
Arsenal's tendency to choke under pressure has once again attracted plenty of criticism, and deservedly so, according to football writer Liam Canning and the Times' Oliver Kay:
Liam Canning @LiamPaulCanning
You must be apoplectic if you're an Arsenal fan. Year after year the collapse eventually takes place. This season should’ve been it. Nope.2016-3-13 15:38:28
Oliver Kay @OliverKayTimes
Wenger talking about this team's "great spirit", "strong attitude." Days like this -- months like this -- don't exactly endorse that claim.2016-3-13 15:55:29
Indeed, the Gunners are unlikely to ever have a better chance of winning the league than this year with Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all struggling in the same season, and they're in serious danger of either seeing the Foxes or their bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur pip them to it.
Bleacher Report's own Dean Jones believes it's finally time for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger to part ways in the summer, regardless of their final league position:
Bleacher Report UK @br_uk
Arsene Wenger should leave #Arsenal this summer...even if they win the league | @DeanJonesBR https://t.co/ojiRFvBIxp2016-3-14 11:51:11
Gomes' comments are unsurprising given he made over 100 appearances for Spurs before joining Watford, but the Hornets' confidence in beating them at the Emirates is a worrying sign for a team hoping to become title contenders.
The likes of United, City and Chelsea built their title-winning campaigns of the past on fortress-like home form, so the Gunners' frailty may well prove their undoing this season.