Boxing promoter comments on Arsenal, criticises lack of development

Boxing promoter Frank Warren - a lifelong Arsenal supporter - has had his say on Arsenal's recent form and criticised their lack of a title challenge.


Boxing promoter Frank Warren has said on his official website that Arsenal should have bigger targets than aiming for a top-four position in the Premier League.


At the turn of the year, Arsenal were one of the favourites for the Premier League title and had ambitions to win the FA Cup for a third successive time, but in recent weeks, their challenge in all competitions has faded and they are now unlikely to win any silverware this season.


The North London outfit sit eight points adrift of league leaders Leicester City, while they were dumped out of the FA Cup by Watford last weekend, and with the team facing a 2-0 deficit ahead of the second leg of their Champions League tie with Barcelona, they are unlikely to progress through to the last eight.


Warren - a lifelong fan of the Gunners - has acknowledged that manager Arsene Wenger deserves a lot of credit for what he achieved upon his arrival at the club, but he has admitted his disappointment at Arsenal only winning the FA Cup over the last decade.


He said: "I am very disappointed. If Arsenal were a boxer you would tell them to retire by now. Being 11 points adrift of the Foxes is lamentable at this stage of the campaign and us fans have to concede the hunt is over for another season.

"Arsene Wenger did a fantastic job when he first came to Arsenal and changed the whole dynamic of English football, with fitness levels, tactics – the whole thing. Other managers have now caught up though and moved on from there and we just don’t seem to do it. The once fabled youth policy seems to have gone by the wayside, the system of developing players to fit into the Arsenal framework – we’ve only got one real success story on that front in Jack Wilshere and he is injured most of the time.

"Look at how they are playing, there is no solid leader in the side and the forward line has no world class striker. The defence is leaky, there is no consistency and we never know what team is going to show up.

"I think they have been pretty average, to put it kindly. We have won the FA Cup twice, but this is now a competition where many clubs tend to give their fringe players a run-out. I don’t think this is where we should be heading for. To have the bar set at finishing in the top four is like telling a fighter to just win the British title!"

Arsenal's next fixture in the Premier League sees them travel to Everton on Saturday.

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