Former Arsenal great Tony Adams believes that the current Gunners squad need to learn what it is like to win things.
He says that there is too much respect in the camp and that they need to become more ruthless – starting by ripping down the statue of him that is outside the Emirates.
Arsenal take on Hull City today in the FA Cup final meaning they can finally put an end to the nine year wait that they have experienced since the club last won a trophy and Adams insists the players must start showing more leadership if they are to come out on top.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, he said: “‘None of this Arsenal team knows what it’s like to win a trophy for the club. Arsene remembers, but not these players.
“I was talking to Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs and I was telling them: 'You need to know how it feels just to get over the line' because it’s a weird feeling.
“It was normal for us to win games. I’m not so sure this group of players has that.
“They call me Mr Adams and stuff! I’m not sure I ever called older players ‘Mister’.”
He added: “I want them to be pushing me to the side and ripping my statue down and make their own history.
“They’re lovely guys, but they need leadership. Mikel Arteta’s a good pro without being, for me, a great player, but he will say ‘come on’.
“[Per] Mertesacker’s been more verbal this year. I had a go at Per at the beginning of the season and said: ‘You don’t have to be Mr Nice Guy, you don’t have to be liked.’
“You don’t just go through your career letting it go by and missing the moment.”
And if Arsenal are not to win this season’s FA Cup then they surely will feel they have done just that.
Hull City are a capable side, as proven by their Premier League showing this season, but they should not be one that can upset Arsenal on a stage as big as this one – especially with some of their star players, in the form of Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic, unavailable due to being cup-tied.
The pressure has continually increased on Arsene Wenger during this prolonged period of time without a trophy and if he is to fail tomorrow then his position will be likely to be questioned even further.