Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna says they could not handle pressure as they bottled the 2010/11 English Premier League title chase. 

The French defender says that the team was under too much pressure and failed to get results against top four sides leading to a meltdown in the homerun. 

Arsenal were just one point behind league leaders Manchester United in February, but a run of just one win in March and April ended their title hopes.

“We just played game by game and we were winning a lot but obviously and eventually when we had to perform in certain games, we were failing,” Sagna told Arsenal’s ‘In Lockdown‘ podcast.

“Maybe it was because we put too much pressure on ourselves.

“Most of the games we had to play, we played well and we won. But for example when we had to play against the top four, we found it difficult to play against them at that time.

“I believe we under-evaluated ourselves. Playing for Chelsea image-wise was something different. They used their image a lot, they used to have some big players in the national team and we used to talk about them more than they talked about us.

“Maybe in our heads, they were bigger players than us. On the pitch, we had as much quality as they had whenever we played, and when we played the Arsenal way nobody could beat us.

“I believed nobody could beat us. We used to play simple passes, one, two-touches maximum. But I believe we under-evaluated ourselves which is a big mistake in life.


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