Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has stated that the Gunners have missed a golden opportunity this season to be crowned Premier League champions.
Reigning champions Chelsea have fallen down the pecking order dramatically, while the heavily fancied Manchester City have also struggled for domestic form.
As such, surprise package Leicester City have built up a lead at the division’s summit and are most closely challenged by Tottenham.
Arsenal looked to be right in the hunt but some poor results has seen the Emirates Stadium outfit fall behind the frontrunners.
Petit has stated that his former club should have been more consistent this season and if they don’t win the league will look back on it as a missed opportunity.
“Arsene is one of the greatest managers I have played with and you can see what he has done in the last 20 years for Arsenal,” the Frenchman told Sky Sports.
“But I think Arsene needs to understand one important thing that if you want to win trophies then you need great leaders. Mentally, I think they are not strong enough.
“Arsene needs to bring players with a big potential to play with the Arsenal team but as well with a great mind, great spirit and great heart.
“This was the perfect year for Arsenal to win the Premier League. They missed it. That’s it.
“For me, Arsene is quite responsible for that.”
Arsenal fans have not seen their side crowned as English champions since 2004 and have had to make do with a couple of FA Cup crowns.
The Gunners were knocked out of Europe by Barcelona in midweek.