Leaderless Arsenal can't win ugly, says Vieira

The former Gunners captain has dismissed the north London side's chances of winning the Premier League due to the absence of leaders and an inability to triumph when playing badly
Patrick Vieira does not believe that former club Arsenal will win the Premier League this season because they lack leaders on and off the field.

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The Frenchman, who now manages Manchester City's Under-21 side, lifted the Premier League trophy three times during his nine-year spell in north London.

Arsenal have not won any silverware since Vieira converted the winning penalty in a shootout against Manchester United in the 2005 FA Cup final, and the 37-year-old believes the Gunners need to find a way to win ugly.

“When you look at Arsenal, they play fantastic football. But sometimes you need to win games playing badly, and I don't think Arsenal are capable of that at the moment,” the Frenchman told the Daily Mirror.

"Maybe there is a lack of leadership - they don't have a Tony Adams, Martin Keown or Sol Campbell. These are players who can be leaders on or off the field."

Vieira left Arsenal eight years ago, but felt he could have stayed at the club for longer: "I had no idea that the Cup final would be my last game - I wasn't thinking about leaving at all.

"The club didn't really fight to keep me or ask me to stay. I was really close to leaving for Real Madrid the year before, the deal was done between the two clubs, but I wanted to finish my career at Arsenal."