The former Gunners striker, Charlie Nicholas has seen signs of encouragement since Mikel Arteta took the reins but admits consistency remains an issue across the board. Arsenal “are not good enough to make the top four”, says Nicholas, with the coach needing more from the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe.

With the current form of the team at large, more is expected from them to deliver and survive the battle of the top 4 in the English Premier League.

Nicholas expects that to leave the north London giants frustrated comes the end of the campaign, but he is looking for the fighting spirit to be shown and collective standards to be raised.

A home date with Newcastle on Sunday will present the Gunners with their next chance to establish some momentum, the former frontman told Sky Sports. He said, “It has been an intriguing break for Arsenal. For the first time, Mikel Arteta can go and properly work with the players for an extended period of time.