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Andy Murray Has Some Advice For Arsenal On Dealing With Pressure

Andy Murray Has Some Advice For Arsenal On Dealing With Pressure

Andy Murray has offered Arsenal some advice as the Gunners continue to struggle with the pressure of winning trophies.

Arsene Wenger’s men looked like potential Premier League champions for most of the season, but have fallen away spectacularly recently, and have suffered back-to-back defeats to Manchester United and Swansea.

They currently find themselves six points off leaders Leicester, and now just four points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United.

Murray was constantly accused of wilting under pressure earlier in his career as he reached the final of multiple Grand Slams before eventually getting over the line at the US Open in 2012, and winning Wimbledon the following year.

And the self-confessed Gooner has urged the club to win their first Premier League title since 2004, saying via The Mirror: “I obviously went through it for a number of years.

“It is not easy but the only way to do it is to keep working hard. If you don’t work hard you are not going to get there.

“If you don’t try to improve and if you stop believing. If you really believe in yourself then you are going to get there I think.

“Obviously you have to have the ability to do it as well. It is certainly not easy. Mentally it is challenging.

“I found that hard myself. But with the Davis Cup with us last year, it came up out of nowhere and kind of crept up on us a little bit but with the Slams every year I was getting close and it felt like it was going on for ever that I wasn’t able to win one.

“That was hard for me because people start questioning you. It is the same question coming up every time and you can find yourselves frustrated with that and you start doubting yourself and you start asking yourself the same question.

“So it’s not easy – you need to be strong mentally and get the best help you can.”

“I think what has happened in the Premier League this year has been good to watch.

“A lot of the top teams have been struggling and as a football fan, it is exciting to see different teams up there challenging. You would expect the top teams to come through at the end of the season and be playing a little better than they are just now.

“But to see Leicester at the top of the table after 28 games and be favourites with the bookies to win is incredible. And I like seeing stories like that. And genuinely it is great.

“I hope that continues, that it is not so predictable what happens every single year though it would be nice if Arsenal could put a run together because it has been a tough few weeks for me and Dom (Inglot).”

Murray will no doubt be hoping Arsene Wenger and his squad can turn their fortunes around this weekend at the home of arch rivals Tottenham, in what looks to be a decisive match in the title run-in.

A defeat, coupled with other results going against them, could see Arsenal drop as low as fourth in the league.

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