Brentford forward Ivan Toney issued a scathing Arsenal assessment, stabbing the ailing Gunners and saying they “won’t win anything anytime soon.”
The Bees handed Mikel Arteta’s side a shock defeat on Matchday 1 of the season in their very first Premier League game.
It started a three-game losing streak for Mikel Arteta’s side, before securing their first victory on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Norwich City – a win that took the North Londoners off the table .
Arsenal haven’t contested the Premier League title for a few years now and no longer scare their opponents like they used to.
And Toney, who was linked with a move to the Emirates this summer, says he can’t see the Gunners winning anything for some time.
The Brentford forward saidBaller talk: “Arsenal fans are going to beat me for this, but you see Arsenal right now and they are not the best.
“There was a difference [between the Championship and the Premier League], don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t crazy like: if you make a mistake it will end up behind the goal.
“I haven’t really seen that. They were good at keeping the ball, but it didn’t really affect us.
“They weren’t as crazy as I thought they were [they would be]. I don’t know if it was [whether] they weren’t that good or we were just excited because it was our first game and it was Arsenal and Premier League [and] all of these things going into the picture.
“I just didn’t see them as they were. You used to look at Arsenal and think [they were] crazy and they were going to win this game, win this game.
“These days I don’t see them winning anytime soon. “
TalkSPORT host Simon Jordan believes Arsenal is currently suffering from some sort of identity crisis and, without change, will continue on its downward spiral.
Arteta is under enormous pressure to turn things around at the Emirates after a nightmarish start to the season – the club’s worst in 67 years.
The win over Norwich may have lifted the pressure, but it will only be temporary if the Gunners don’t continue to take points.
Jordan told talkSPORT: “What are they? What happened to Arsenal? What are they and what are we looking at and saying ‘I get it’.
“We sat here with a similar conversation, it’s an ever-decreasing circle. We keep wondering when we will see this translation of this polite person in the media to this polite football manager on the pitch.
“Arsenal should be Leicester, competing against the big guys. There was a time when the big boys were Arsenal. That time is over now.
“It is clear that the club needs investments, it needs players. Two or three, I said Arsenal would be out of Europe, it’s a bottom-line football club, an arm’s length subsidiary of Stan Kroenke’s American companies.
“You cannot allow this to continue. You must look like you run a big club.
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