Graham, who has been out of football since being sacked by Tottenham in 2001, had a long association with Arsenal having played six-and-a-half years for the club before taking the managerial hot seat in 1986, leading the Gunners to two First Division titles, two League Cups, the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup before being banned for taking an illegal payment from an agent.
Still held in some regard by Gunners fans after such a long connection with the club, Graham had his say after another shambolic Arsenal display, this time losing 3-0 to Everton in a key match in the race for fourth place. The defeat follows shortly after 5-1 and 6-0 defeats to Liverpool and Chelsea, adding to the notion that Arsenal are simply flat track bullies who can't compete with the top sides, and former boss Graham says there is just a lack of competitiveness in the side.
“They are not competitive enough,” said Graham. “At the beginning of big games there are usually tackles flying about, there’s intensity about the play, there is energy about the play. I don’t see any energy, any competitiveness from the first whistle, and they have got to sort it out quickly."
“They seem to be plodding. Arsenal have always been famous under Wenger for their lovely slick passing and their attacking football, but I just don’t see that nowadays. They are full of talented midfield players but, apart from [Aaron] Ramsey, nobody gets into the box.”
Despite this assertion, Graham does still believe that Arsenal can win a trophy this season, almost nine years after their last silverware.
“I honestly believe Arsenal will win the FA Cup and I still think they have a great chance of finishing fourth, if they get their act together,” he added.