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Arsenal legend Winterburn fears Wenger’s squad have lost their winning mentality

Date Posted,April 19, 2017

Nigel Winterburn fears Arsenal’s players have lost their winning mentality.

Gunners legend Winterburn gave a fascinating insight into the mindset of a successful team and is convinced Arsene Wenger still has the desire to win trophies.

But Winterburn , who won the Double under Wenger, believes some of the current squad are “frail” and do not have the right experience or mental strength which is the reason behind their disappointing campaign.

Winterburn said: “I played with teams that were used to winning, winning trophies every single season. We had that mentality and belief and that helps so much. You knew deep down that everything was there for you.

Winterburn in happier days (Photo: Daily Mirror)

“But with this team, they’ve won a couple of FA Cups but they haven’t been that close in the league when it’s come to the nitty gritty of April and May.

“Sometimes you look at the mentality of a player and maybe they are affected by the results too quickly. When you’re confident, you move the ball quicker, your play is sharper and the team plays well.

“I don’t agree with this idea that players are not trying. Players always try. But when you’re not confident, your movement is not as sharp, you make silly mistakes, you’re hesitant, you think about things a lot more. That’s different to not trying.

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