Former Arsenal star slams the personalities in Mikel Arteta’s squad

Alexander Manninger was at Arsenal from 1997-2002 (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal lack character and leadership in their current squad, says former Gunners goalkeeper Alex Manninger who sees nothing in Mikel Arteta’s players that he saw in his own teammates at the club.

The Austrian stopper was at Arsenal during a golden age for the club, largely working as back-up ‘keeper from 1997-2002 when many of the club’s greatest ever players turned out for them.

While there are some superb names to compare to from that era, Manninger feels there is no comparison to the current squad in terms of personality and that must be addressed if Mikel Arteta is to turn around the current slump.

Arsenal have lost their first three Premier League games of the season, sitting bottom of the table, and the pressure is on this Saturday when they host Norwich City for them to pick up a much-needed victory.

‘I remember the player’s characters like Martin Keown, Tony Adams, Nigel Winterburn, Dennis Bergkamp, all the French players that came in and brought quality, brought leadership in,’ Manninger told talkSPORT.

‘[They’re] missing that [now], missing the character of each player.

‘I think they need to look at that, they need to become a team and a hard side to beat again.

‘I can’t see that at the moment and I hope, fingers crossed, that after the international break they start with a win against Norwich and prove many of us wrong because you need character these days and this is what [they] miss at Arsenal at the moment.’

Manninger made 64 appearances for the Gunners in his spell in north London, winning the Premier League and FA Cup, before going on to win Serie A with Juventus.

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