Jamie Redknapp has claimed that Arsenal are at their best when the odds are against them as the London side prepare for their Carabao Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday.
Arsenal limped into the next stage of the Europa League with an insipid second-leg performance against Ostersunds on Thursday.
Arsenal held a 3-0 lead they would have felt was more than enough to see them through to the next round, but they found themselves 2-0 down in the first-half, with the Swedish side in superb form in the opening 45.
Arsene Wenger’s team talk obviously worked well as Sead Kolasinac struck early in the second-half to make it 2-1 on the night, and it clearly knocked the confidence out of their opponents.
Ultimately, Arsene Wenger will be pleased with the fact his side have progressed in the competition, but the embarrassing loss they suffered was another display of just how inconsistent the Gunners can be.
Wenger’s men now switch their attention to the Carabao Cup final on Sunday as they look to pick up the first piece of silverware this season by defeating Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s side are the favourites to win the competition, but Jamie Redknapp has claimed that Arsenal are at their best when the odds are against them.
Redknapp wrote for Sky Sports: “Everyone expects them to get beaten easily by Manchester City after that, but this Arsenal side have a habit of producing performances when you least expect it”.
“It’s like last season when they beat City and Chelsea on their way to winning the FA Cup. It feels like Arsenal have nothing to lose again. No one expects them to get a result and I think that’s when they are at their most dangerous. Arsene Wenger has always talked up the importance of getting into the Champions League but now they have actually become a cup team”.
Arsenal have been incredibly inconsistent this season and they must remedy this if they are to claim a Champions League place for next year. Their confidence will skyrocket if they can defeat City, and the players will be raring to prove their doubters wrong.