The Gunners head into the upcoming campaign boasting arguably their best squad since the Invincible days, with good balance all round and a wealth of superb attacking talent.
The arrival of Petr Cech has also added leadership at the back, a key attribute which many Premier League observers feel Arsene Wenger’s side have lacked in recent years.
However, in an interview quoted by The Sun, Roy Keane feels the North Londoners have an abundance of squad ability but not the right mentality to succeed, criticising their focus and eagerness to triumph.
“They have got good players, really good players, it’s just that one or two of them are more interested in selfies and six-packs,” the former Manchester United midfielder explained.
“There are too many Arsenal players interested in selfies instead of winning Premier League titles. It’s all about how their bodies look, how their hair is, more so than winning football matches “
On Keane’s tip to win the title, he added: “I still think Chelsea are the team to beat, the strongest spine. If Chelsea’s players show the same hunger and desire they did last year, they will win the league.”
Do Arsenal lack the mentality and eagerness to win the Premier League title?
While the Gunners do have their fair share of social networkers, Keane is underestimating the leadership qualities in that squad with Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez all international champions.
Social media has become a huge part of today’s game in contrast to Keane’s time, but how much of that is down to accessibility and increased importance in fan interaction?
Since the turn of the year, Wenger’s men have proven they are a group of potential champions and retaining the FA Cup suggests the eagerness is there to win the biggest prizes on offer.