Eric Bailly has what Arsenal lack, according to Troy Deeney (Picture: Getty)

Watford star Troy Deeney has attempted to explain the reasons for Arsenal‘s woes ahead of the north London derby this weekend.

Arsenal star pictured back in training in possible North London Derby boost

The Gunners are sitting down in sixth in the Premier League table, 18 points behind leaders Chelsea, and are struggling to secure a top-four place to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Arsenal have been heavily criticised for lacking character over the course of a dismal campaign and Deeney, who scored against Arsene Wenger’s side in a 2-1 win in January, has had his say.

‘When you play against Arsenal there’s no fear,’ the Hornets forward said on BBC Radio 5.

"There's no fear when you play against #Arsenal. You feel like you can run through them" – Troy Deeney

Are the Gunners still a soft touch?

— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) April 28, 2017

‘When you play against a tough centre-half like Bailly you think “he’s going to give me a whack!”

‘There is nobody in that Arsenal team that really senses fear. You feel like you can run through them.

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‘They are great footballers – much better than me – but I just think there’s that soft centre to Arsenal.

‘I always find when Arsenal go a goal behind, I don’t ever feel confident that they will come back and win the game 2-1 – whether it be Burnley or Manchester United.’

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