Santi Cazorla has admitted that Arsenal were guilty of lacking belief during his time at the club, but has tipped them to have a great season under new manager Unai Emery.
Cazorla, now at Villarreal, spent six injury-hit years at Arsenal, where he won two FA Cups but failed to help the Gunners add to their collection of Premier League trophies, with the last title coming way back in 2004.
Now, the Spanish midfielder has revealed that under Arsene Wenger’s management, the squad had a lack of belief and that they just settled for finishing in the top four.
“We needed to believe in ourselves more,” he told Football Focus.
“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 added.
“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.”