Arsenal have had plenty of critics down the years and those critics have used a wide number of sticks to beat us with. Just a few are; the inability to handle the pressure of expectation, complacency, bottling it in the big games, Wenger’s apparent reluctance to compete and spend the club’s money in the transfer market and his insistence on playing a certain style of attractive football when a more pragmatic approach may serve us better.
I think that you can level the same sort of thing at most clubs and teams and I also think that the Gunners have answered the questions and proved a lot of the critics wrong, but I have just seen a report in the Daily Mail that suggests that they may be spot on with at least one of the criticisms levelled at us recently.
I am talking about the accusation that Arsenal struggle because of the lack of on-pitch leadership and with the paper reporting that the Gunners have not started with the club captain in our line-up for more than two years. The last time Arsenal had the captain in the starting XI for a match was against Man United in November of 2014.
Is it any wonder that Arsenal sometimes lack a bit of leadership?