Retired Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has launched a scathing attack on Arsenal, claiming they ‘flatter to deceive’.
The Gunners have been lauded for their creative, stylish brand of football, but have been unable to convert that into silverware.
Arsene Wenger’s side have failed to win a major trophy since the 2005 FA Cup, in stark contrast to United, who won 10 Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two European Championships during Scholes’ time at the club.
And after retiring at the end of last season, former England midfielder Scholes slammed the north London club, saying Sir Alex Ferguson would never have allowed such a slump to occur.
“They just flatter to deceive,” Scholes said. “They may play the prettiest football, but it doesn’t always produce the results they need.”
“It doesn’t irritate me that people say they’re the best footballing team because while they are doing that, we (United) are winning games.”
“They do play the best football to watch at times, but what is the point of that if you are not winning anything?”
“Not only that, they are potentially going to lose their best players in (Cesc) Fabregas, (Samir) Nasri and (Gael) Clichy.”
“I don’t think our manager would allow this club to go six years without a trophy.”
Clichy completed his move to Manchester City on Monday, while Nasri has been linked with a 20-million pound switch to United, one which Scholes said he would welcome.