Guillem Balague: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was right about Arsenal

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La Liga expert Guillem Balague is the latest footballing figure to lament Arsenal’s Champions League woes.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been proven right in his damning criticism of Arsenal and their boss Arsene Wenger, Spanish publication AS reports.

One year ago, the Blues’ outspoken boss engaged in a war of words with Wenger, and many observers felt that he crossed the line by labelling the Frenchman a specialist in failure while speaking to BBC Sport.

Since then, the Gunners have achieved FA Cup success, but their form in the Premier League since the start of the season has left them a long way behind where they desire to be.

“Arsenal? I don't understand why they are not where we are with Man City,” Mourinho questioned in The Daily Mail.

“Why haven't they been successful [recently]? I don’t know. They are capable of playing very good football. Talented players, goals from midfield and the sides.”

Before their Champions League encounter in midweek, the Gunners were in buoyant mood, winning five of their previous six league fixtures and moving up to third in the Premier League table.

Furthermore, FA Cup victories has seen their progression to the quarter-finals where they face Manchester United, and there appeared to be a real sense of optimism building up around the Emirates Stadium.

However, after being handed an extremely inviting tie against Monaco, the North London outfit capitulated and suffered a horrible 3-1 loss – giving themselves a mountain to climb in the return leg in France.

It was inexplicable, and somewhat out of the blue when analysing their 2015 form. Balague, however, feels the same underlying problems re-appeared and criticised the Gunners in his Spanish blog.

“Arsenal is a team, a club, who has accustomed to losing. That’s what Mourinho said in recent times and he was right. They have been left behind on the pitch,” he wrote in AS.

“They lack a modern guide that combines emotion with tactics, they only fight for a top four spot and the worst is they are turning in to a graveyard for players.

“They have been in Europe for 17 consecutive years, but it looks like they have learned nothing. Wenger decides when he will go, and above all that is their biggest problem.

“What boss is brave enough to decide when to move on or when he should call it a day? Not everybody is like Quique Sanchez Flores [former Atletico Madrid manager]."

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