After the disappointing draw against Swansea, Paul Scholes was on Sky Sports and was asked about his opinion on Arsenal.
He said the games against Chelsea and Swansea were a typical week for Arsenal. They capitulated against Chelsea, and play with midfielders who have no discipline and play nice one-twos all over the place. To Scholes, he said it seems like Arsenal line up with 5 passing midfielders and are just told to go out and do whatever you want to do. The midfielders don’t track back and don’t bother defending. And when Arsenal went 2-0 down against Chelsea, they still tried to play their stupid tiki-taka football.
Another point he made was there are no leaders in the team. No Patrick Vieira’s, no Martin Keown’s, No Tony Adams’ – Arsenal badly need someone who can organise the team. When Arsenal went 2-0 down against Chelsea no-one bothered chasing back to steady the ship. We played the same way and got punished. It’s no co-incidence we’ve been badly beaten because we have no discipline, no leaders and no characters.
He also said in the past when you played Arsenal you were wary of playing against Vieira, Adams, Keown, etc. but now it’s obvious you can just get stuck in and get about them.
Finally, he said that Arsenal might be 3rd or 4th in the league, but for him, they’re a million miles away from winning the Premier League.
And you know what, I can’t disagree with anything he said.