Ian Wright reckons that Arsenal no longer have any accountability and that the fight instilled in the team by George Graham when the striker first joined is nowhere to be seen.
Speaking at the premier of ’89’ this week, a sports documentary about Arsenal’s historic title winning match at Anfield, Wright admitted the Gunners no longer have the level of drive that George Graham’s team had back in the 1980s and early 1990s.
“That’s why a lot of former players are getting a lot of stick with people saying we’re not being positive about the club – but there’s not much to be positive about,” the ex-striker told the Islington Gazette.
“It’s rudderless from top to bottom. There’s no accountability. What you see in the film about what happened in 1989 is what we haven’t seen from an Arsenal team for many, many years.
“It’s a bygone era of players that adored the club.”
Under Graham in the late 1980s and earlier 1990s, Arsenal didn’t play the fast-flowing, pretty football that Wenger brought introduced in 1996, but they knew how to defend.
In contrast, the Frenchman revitalised the club and made them into one of the best attacking sides in Europa.
Both managers’ styles had their merits.
However, for the past decade, the way Arsenal play has become less and less fluid. We’re now either sloppy with the ball, tend of overplay or try to walk the ball into the net.
Perhaps that’s because we no longer have a team full of world class players or maybe Wenger’s lost his touch. Although, I suspect both.
The performances have affected the way fans view their team. Fewer people are showing up to the Emirates and there’s a general feeling of apathetic surrounding the club. After all, as Wright says, it’s hard to be positive when this current side don’t seem to care.