Arsenal, with every fixture that passes, look more and more likely to finish a seventh season without a trophy. Arsene Wenger has given the Arsenal fans the Double Winners and the Invincible side, so seven years without a trophy has left the Gunners’ following a very frustrated and confused bunch. Especially when they look at their ‘Top Four’ rivals, who have all been winning some of football’s greatest accolades; what is the difference between Arsenal and the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea that gives them that winning mentality?
When you look at Manchester United they have Nemanja Vidic, Chelsea have John Terry and Liverpool have Steven Gerrard, all players that have a real desire and passion for winning and doing well for the club and fans alike. It has always been argued that Arsenal have never replaced Tony Adams, Patrick Vieira and other such born leaders and inspirational characters on the field; these are the type of players that have the composure to lead Arsenal to a second leg victory against Barcelona at the Nou Camp, or to maintain a 4-0 lead away at Newcastle. Arsene Wenger needs a stereotypical captain.
Having a winning mentality is key in any success and there is no denying that Cesc Fabregas, Robin Van Persie and Samir Nasri are unbelievable talents, but when a season draws to a close, you can bet that the Arsenal of recent years would have promised so much only to falter by the wayside when the pressure increased. Is this simply because the players don’t care or want success enough?
I don’t think the problem is that Arsenal players don’t care, as when you see a player such as Jack Wilshere giving 110% week in, week out, to help the team’s cause it is obvious that succeeding matters to them. The problem for the North London outfit is that they choke at the final hurdle so often and there is a real danger that the Arsenal ‘future’ we have been awaiting for nearly a decade is here and the Gunners aren’t taking advantage of this.
The most prominent difference between Arsenal and the other big clubs: a lack of leadership on the pitch. When the going gets tough, Arsenal need someone to get them going.