Troy Deeney believes that part of Arsenal’s problem at the moment is that there’s no fear factor when playing them.
Deeney scored twice in 13 minutes against Arsenal to help Watford win 2-1 at the Emirates at the end of January.
Although the Gunners had been far less convincing since the turn of the new year than they previously had, this seemed to be the tipping point in which a ‘bad patch’ or ‘poor form’ became a shambles of a season.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Deeney explained how most players feel when going up against Arsenal these days.
The answer is: not a lot.
“The only thing I’d say when you play Arsenal, is there is no fear,” the striker said.
“When you play a tough centre-half, like Eric Bailly at Manchester United, you’re up against him and think ‘he’s going to give me a whack.’
“There’s no-one in that Arsenal team who you really fear. You feel like you could run through them. They are great footballers, much better than me, I can’t deny that. I just think there is that soft centre to Arsenal.”
Deeney has a point.
However, it does seem as if this is an issue that Arsene Wenger’s trying to address.
The 23-year-old, known as the ‘Bosnian Hulk’, is renowned for his ‘physical’ style of play and no-nonsense approach to football.
Perhaps he’ll strike some fear back into Arsenal’s opponents.