Swansea manager Paul Clement has claimed that Arsenal are not an excellent side at present, and lack the consistency needed to be one.
The Gunners were thoroughly impressive this weekend in putting Everton to the sword in their 5-1 victory, but only last week lost 3-1 to relegation-threatened Swansea City, and the contrast in performances is worrying.
Arsenal will try to put those shaky displays behind them, with the hope that our new signings will help push for a strong end to the campaign, but it remains to be seen whether we can find that consistency needed.
Our target this term will have to be qualifying for the Champions League, and the top-four of the table is the best way to get there, but we have a five point gap to contend with currently.
Paul Clement has now claimed that Arsenal could be an excellent side, but lack the consistency needed despite an impressive squad of players.
“That’s the difference between a good side and an excellent side,” he said on Sky Sports.
“Whoever they’re playing, home or away, big teams, smaller teams, they (an excellent side) manage to get good results.
“Arsenal have been a bit inconsistent, they had that 3-1 loss to Swansea very recently and next game they put in a performance like that.
“That’s a big frustration as a manager, you always want consistency.
“Players want to be consistent but as a manager you want the team and collective group to be consistent.”
Are Manchester City the only team worthy of being called excellent this season? Are Arsenal behind any of our rivals for second spot personnel-wise? Is there one part of the field where we are most inconsistent?