Lack of maturity: Barcelona's Dani Alves highlights Arsenal’s weakness in title race

Barcelona’s Dani Alves has commented on Arsenal’s title aspirations.

Barcelona star Dani Alves feels Arsenal lack a sense of maturity and that could hinder their chances of claiming their first Premier League title in 12 years, The Times reports.

The Catalans have drawn the Gunners in the Champions League knockout stages and will travel to the Emirates Stadium for the first leg at the end of this month.

Alves, a player expected to feature, has weighed up his side’s upcoming rivals and feels the Gunners’ biggest weakness is their lack of maturity when it comes to finishing off the job.

“Being such a young team they sometimes lack maturity and the experience that’s necessary to get to the line. In the Premier League they start well, but it costs them more to maintain that level and get titles,” the Brazilian right-back explained.

Arsenal headed into the New Year topping the Premier League table, yet a previous run of four games without a win saw them momentarily slip to fourth before last weekend’s victory at Bournemouth.

It’s not the first time that Arsene Wenger’s men have found themselves in a great position only to falter, and it’s becoming an increasingly frustrating trait for the club’s supporters.

Alves is used to winning trophies galore at Barcelona, and he feels an imbalance in the Gunners’ squad is largely at fault for their lack of solidarity and maturity in the final stages of the campaign.

Still, this season is far from over for Arsenal, and victory over surprise league leaders Leicester City on Sunday will move them closer to the Premier League summit ahead of their clash with Barcelona.

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