Rio Ferdinand thinks Arsenal must show a “mentality shift” against Man Utd on Sunday if they are to convince people they won’t “drift away”.
The Gunners won the FA Cup and Community Shield post-lockdown and their had been quite good until they lost back-to-back Premier League matches against Manchester City and Leicester City.
And Ferdinand thinks they have to get a positive result this weekend to halt their losing run and show they mean business this term.
“They’ve been having a party since [Thomas] Partey signed. Reality hits home now,” Ferdinand said on his FIVE YouTube channel. “They’ve got to respond. I’ve said it about Everton and I’m going to say the same thing about Arsenal: it’s how you respond to these situations.
“Too many times in the past Arsenal have not responded in these situations and have gone on runs losing games and they drift away. They can’t have that happen this season.
“I think Arteta has been a breathe of fresh air at the Emirates. This is now a big time to say to the boys: ‘Listen, you’ve lost, that’s it, we move on’.
“And that’s the mentality shift that he has to implement in this squad. Can he do it? We’ll wait and see.
On Jamie Vardy’s performance against Arsenal on Sunday, Ferdinand added: “That’s 11 goals in 10 starts against Arsenal. Wow. The guy’s on fire, they don’t know what to do.
“As a sub, everyone would have been rubbing their hands saying: ‘Oh my god, we’re not going to get beat by Leicester today their man goalscorer is on the bench’. He comes on, 20 minutes later, bang, have that.
“Arsenal missed opportunities but, I was reading up, before Sunday night Arsenal were unbeaten in their last 27 home games. So this is one that you thought, ‘I fancy them’.
“Leicester under Brendan Rodgers though, they’re a team I feel play fantastic football but they know exactly how to play under their manager. And what instructions he puts out, they go out and perform it.
“They’ve got players there who make impact, Under, the new Turkish boy, comes on and assists straight away for Vardy.”
So Patrick Bamford got us thinking about absolutely random Premier League hat-trick goalscorers. Justice for “busy” Kevin Lisbie.