Former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has revealed that the team lacked belief to win against the big teams under Arsene Wenger, but denied that they were in a comfort zone under the Frenchman.
Cazorla was part of the Arsenal squad for six years since he joined the club in the 2012 season, but was unavailable for the last couple of years due to a nearly career ending injury. The Spaniard has now revealed that the team lacked belief to challenge for the title but insisted the team would have a great season under new manager Unai Emery.
"We needed to believe in ourselves more," he told Football Focus, according to BBC.
"To believe that we were capable of competing with the big sides in the Premier League and not just settling for third or fourth."
"We needed to have made that leap to try and battle it out for the title. There were seasons where you felt like we were in with a shout but then through various circumstances it wasn't to be," he said.
"But I think it's all about having that self-belief, that right mentality. To say 'We believe in this team, we know we have a great squad and we can go toe to toe with the big English clubs.'
"I believe that they will do that and for sure they will keep on improving in the future. They are going to have a great season, they have a great team and I wish them all the best."
It remains to be seen if the team will live up to the predictions of their former player.