Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith says Arsenal’s lack of big game wins will cost them in the race for the Premier league title.
Arsenal are currently in their routine fourth position after losing their past two matches away to Everton and Manchester city.
Smith claimed that although the gunners possess good players, they always fail to live up to expectations when it matters most.
“They’ve got a run of games, where you can see them winning every single one, the next four, five, six and maybe they’ll close the gap on Chelsea,” Smith, who scored 115 goals during his eight years at Arsenal, told Premier League Daily.
“It’s these matches (versus Man City and other title rivals) where they do let themselves down and that’s what makes you think they’re not genuine title contenders.
“They’ll be up there, probably finish in the top four, but when push comes to shove, they’re still lacking.
“They are still short, which is upsetting, because they’ve got so many good players and they can wipe the floor with practically any team on their day.
“But they have those matches where they come up short and that’s why I think they’ll come up short in the title race.”
Second half goals by Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling at the Etihad cancel out Theo Walcott fourth minutes strike making it their second defeat in a week after the loss at Goodison park.
Smith added: “Well, it’s not new, we’ve seen it before. Groundhog day.That second half against City, it’s difficult to understand.
“Arsene Wenger said ‘We dropped off physically’, but why did they drop off physically?
“It’s one of the biggest games of the season. They were just nowhere near, City totally dominated, it was the same at Everton.
“It comes from the manager, he’s responsible for that kind of performance, that’s when you need your boss on the sidelines making sure they don’t drop off physically.”
Arsenal finished in second position last season.