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Ivan Toney surprised by Arsenal’s lack of quality in Premier League opener


Mikel Arteta’s side have struggled in the opening weeks of the Premier League campaign and the Brentford striker claims he was underwhelmed by their opening day performance

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Brentford striker Ivan Toney has taken a dig at Arsenal over their lack of quality and does not believe they will have success anytime soon.

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Mikel Arteta’s side were condemned to a limp opening day two-goal defeat at the newly-promoted Bees and have lost three of their opening four league outings.

Toney believes that clash in West London was indicative of the problems at Arsenal – a team who enjoyed a lot of possession but without carrying a major goal threat.

Gunners defensive pair Ben White and Pablo Mari endured a torrid time in that game and provided an indicator that the club may endure another frustrating campaign.

Ivan Toney in action for Brentford against Arsenal defender Ben White on the Premier League opening day

Arsenal missed out on European qualification for the first time in 25 years last time out and also finished the season trophyless.

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They had a larger outlay in transfer fees than any other club in the summer transfer window yet they are not expected to challenge the top four in the Premier League campaign.

Toney explained on Baller Talk : “Arsenal fans are going to batter me for this, but you see Arsenal at the moment and they’re not the best.

“There was a difference (between the Championship and the Premier League), don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t crazy like: if you make a mistake, it’s going to end up in the back of the goal.

“I didn’t really see that. They were good at keeping the ball, but it didn’t really affect us.

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“They weren’t as crazy as I thought (they would be). I don’t know if it was (whether) they weren’t so good or we were just excited as it was our first game and it was Arsenal and Premier League (and) all these things coming into the picture.

“I just didn’t see them how they used to be. You used to look at Arsenal and think (they were) crazy and they were going to win this game, win this game.

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“These days, I don’t see them winning nothing any time soon.”

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Arteta led Arsenal to the FA Cup trophy in his first campaign at the helm in 2020 but has struggled in the role since, having switched to North London having assisted Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

The Gunners lost their opening league games against Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City but did edge out fellow strugglers Norwich City 1-0 in Saturday’s encounter at the Emirates.

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