The Gunners have managed to get on a fabulous run of form which has propelled them to the top of the league table, having only dropped 7 points since that day.
They have a healthy 5 point cushion over nearest rivals Liverpool following their high-octane 1-1 draw against Everton on Sunday. They now enter a crucial run of games which sees them travel to the Etihad Stadium to face free scoring Manchester City in the league. Arsenal then welcome Chelsea immediately after to bring an end to this testing spell of games for them.
Many hold the belief that if Arsenal maintain their league leaders status until the end of this month, they are primed to go on and win their first trophy since 2005; and with the London outfit playing beautiful football once again, the odds are in their favor to go on and achieve this goal. However, former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has admitted that he has his doubts regarding his old club’s character and credentials to sustain the rigors of the long season.
He is of the opinion that Arsenal win only when they are allowed to play their free flowing game, and that playing and winning by getting down and dirty is not in their DNA yet. He feels that they will come up short against teams who restrict them from playing in their own style. ESPNFC reported him as saying, “When you look at Arsenal, they play fantastic football, but sometimes you need to win games playing badly and I don’t think Arsenal are capable of that at the moment,”
He added by saying that though the team has brilliant footballers, there is no leader as such who can rally the troops. He added, “Maybe there is a lack of leadership. They don’t have a Tony Adams, Martin Keown or Sol Campbell. These are players who can be leaders on or off the field.”
With Vieira putting forth his concerns, how do you see Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger reacting to his statement? Maybe they can start by winning against Manchester City this weekend?