France legend who won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups during his time at Arsenal has bemoaned the club’s misfortunes since he and the likes of Thierry Henry, Freddie Ljungberg and Steve Bould left as far back as 2004.
Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira has criticised Arsene Wenger for his stance on former players and also the lack of strength, both physical and mental in the current squad.
Vieira himself couldn’t land a senior coaching role at the Emirates Stadium and later ended up at Manchester City before securing a permanent job with MLS side New York City FC.
Another Frenchman, Gunners record scorer Henry, was recently forced to resign from the club’s U-18 coaching job by Wenger due to his romance with Sky Sports where he works as a pundit.
But Vieira feels club legends need to be more involved in blooding youths at the north London side.
“I’m disappointed not to have ex-Arsenal players working at Arsenal,” the 40-year-old said.
“It is good for the young players who could see a Thierry Henry, a Ljungberg, a Sol Campbell or a Martin Keown who have been at the club a good few years working in the academy, or working somewhere. I think they can do it a bit more.
“Players want to do it but do not have the opportunity. I don’t understand it.
“Now when I watch Arsenal, yes they play good football. But I just have a feeling they are missing something, the physical presence, the personality.
“But on the other side the team is not doing as good as it used to and you need to win football matches. They’ve been disappointing, losing games they should have won.”
Wenger will be hoping his side can respond to Vieira’s jibes with an emphatic victory at the Vitality Stadium this weekend against Watford after picking up just one point from their opening two Premier League matches.