BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand has announced his grievance for Arsenal's deficiency in consistency, in spite of their impressive victory over North London rivals Tottenham on Saturday.
According to The Sport Review, Ferdinand was left largely aggravated by the Gunners' performance in the derby, urging the North London club to step it up in all big games, rather than the odd occasion.
Speaking on Premier League Tonight on BT Sport, Ferdinand said: “I think the biggest frustration for Arsenal fans is the Arsenal team.
“This isn’t about Mesut Ozil, it’s about the whole team. The way they played against Tottenham with the intensity and the pressing… You watch them play 10 games, you’ll probably get that three or four times out of them and the other five or six, it’s not the same."
The apparent selective nature of Arsenal's biggest players in regard to giving 100% in fixtures against their title rivals has long been a criticism levelled at Arsene Wenger's side.
“At the top level, when the margins are so small between winning and losing, you can’t afford to take your foot off the gas. You’ve got to be on it all the time – you can’t pick and choose.”
The Gunners have already been on the receiving end of an all too familiar 4-0 drubbing by Liverpool at Anfield this season, as well as being comprehensibly beaten by Man City at the Etihad, leaving them 12 points behind the leaders in the table.
Arsenal travel to FC Köln this Thursday in the Europa League, hoping to cement their place at the top of the group, before facing in-form Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday in the Premier League.