Arsenal star: We've got no winning mentality - will that affect FA Cup?

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One of Arsenal's most established first-teamers has dropped what could be seen as a bombshell, however, he arguably has a point…

Arsenal's failings this season can come down to one thing - they lack a winner's mentality.

That is the view of Santi Cazorla, an ever-present attacker in Arsene Wenger's senior roster who has an 86% passing accuracy and averages 65 pass attempts per match.

Arsenal capitulated in the Premier League, a division they had led for so long yet one they failed to maintain their early season form in. Consequently they began to plummet to their current fourth place occupancy - a ranking they may lose to Everton, should the Toffees win their game in hand.

"We haven’t got a winning mentality and we have to believe in ourselves," said Cazorla, diagnosing the problem to Sport360.

"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."

Such a frank admission could be detrimental to what is left of the club's season.

After all, even if they win their top four battle against Everton, they still are firmly in the hunt for the FA Cup as they tackle Wigan Athletic at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

If the club's senior players recognise that they lack a winner's mentality, will that affect their confidence going in to a highly-pressurised big game at the weekend? While Wigan are not of the calibre of team who have brushed them aside so easily, like Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea all have, the stakes riding on this semifinal remain high.

There is an old saying… confidence breeds confidence. But the only true way Arsenal can recapture that self-assurance is with silverware - and they are just two games away from lifting a trophy.

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