Paul Scholes: This is my main issue with Arsenal

Paul Scholes

Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes has criticised Arsenal's ambition.

Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes says Arsenal's lack of ambition still grates on him.

The ex-England international and multiple time Premier League winner believes the Gunners should be setting their sights higher than finishing in the top four.

Speaking ahead of Arsenal's FA Cup clash at Old Trafford, in his column for the Evening Standard, Scholes said:

"My issue with Arsenal is that I don’t think they are striving to be like the great teams of theirs who used to battle us for the league title. They seem happy to finish fourth every year."

The images of Arsenal celebrating wildly at Newcastle two seasons ago when they finished fourth certainly got plenty of fans and pundits worked up, but this season there seems to be a sense of routine around their season. 

Even after their loss at home to Spurs, and their Champions League defeat to Monaco, there was no panic, Arsene Wenger picked his side up and continued where they left off.

How happy they will actually be just to finish in the top four is another matter. The scenes at Newcastle did feature delighted players, but the overriding emotion was relief as much as anything else. 

Just this week Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was quoted by ESPN talking up catching and overtaking Manchester City who are in second place just four points ahead. If Chelsea were in a catchable position, you can be sure the Frenchman and his players would be talking up their chances of overtaking them.

There's no lack of ambition at Arsenal, but Chelsea's start has had them running away with the league all season, and Arsenal's dropped points early on this season have never really seen them considered title contenders.

There may be a touch of bitterness to Scholes' comments. In the same column he admits he has still not got over his 2005 penalty miss at Wembley which handed the Gunners an FA Cup final win in a shootout.

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