Former midfielder disagrees with Wenger over Arsenal commitment

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Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour says that the Gunners were lacking "grit and desire" against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

 

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has said on Sky Sports News, broadcast on February 29 on 10.45am, that he did not see enough commitment from the Gunners in their Premier League defeat to Manchester United.

 

Arsenal fell victim to a first-half double from Marcus Rashford and a deflected effort from Ander Herrera as they suffered a 3-2 setback at Old Trafford, but manager Arsene Wenger defended his side after they succumbed to their second loss in an important fixture in the space of five days.

 

However, Parlour disagrees with his former boss, claiming that the North London outfit made it too comfortable for their hosts, who had been forced to field a make-shift team after injuries to a number of key players.

 

Parlour said: "I thought going to United, although it is always a tough game given the rivalry, was an opportunity for Arsenal to go to United and set their stall out. They are going for the title.

 

"I didn't see enough grit or desire in the performance. It was too easy at times. I didn't see any togetherness in the team, which you need at this stage of the season.

"The away form is going to be vital. There are some massive games but I just think they could have made a statement after the Barcelona game. If they play like they did against United, they are not going to win the league because there are better teams around who are going to get more points than them."

Falling to return back to the Emirates Stadium has left Arsenal five points adrift of Premier League leaders Leicester City, who can go eight points clear of Wenger's side on Tuesday night if they are able to successfully overcome West Bromwich Albion.

Arsenal are next in action 24 hours later when they host Swansea City, who will return to North London for the second time in three days after falling to a late goal against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

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