Gunners legend Patrick Vieira advices Mikel Arteta that Arsenal must build their “personality” and “competitiveness” after they lost against Brighton on Sunday.
Gunners derailed their title hopes as the Seagulls gave them a massive dent in their title bid. Manchester City now require just one win from their remaining three matches to lift the title this season.
However, Arsenal must focus on the summer transfer window to bolster their squad ahead of the Champions League next season. Gunners will return to the European competitions for the first time in six years.
Speaking about Arsenal’s transfer plans, Vieira told SkySports:-
“You’re looking for leadership and at the time he was the technical leader on the field, I would say. He had responsibility, but what they are missing is this physical presence. This kind of leadership where people can get at the back of players when they are not performing at the level that Arsenal expect.
“For me, they will have to build a team with more personality and more competitiveness. I think the Arsenal team, there is quality, there is no doubt about it. They are playing some really good football, but there is still a difference between them and Manchester City.
“When you look at Manchester City you look at the physical attributes of the players, the physicality. They are six foot three or six foot four, so it’s important for Arsenal and Mikel [Arteta] to identify what they are missing and try to improve that side of the game.”
Vieira claims Arsenal are missing couple pieces in their midfield
Vieira suggested that Gunners are missing some physicality in the their midfield ranks. He said:-
“There’s a couple of pieces they’re missing to be a bit more closer to Man City. When you’re looking at the back they need a couple of pieces – a centre-back and a right-back.
“In the midfield, they need more physicality and up front it’s important to have players capable of scoring goals. If they manage to bring those three to four players in the starting XI then they will be a step closer to Manchester City.”
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