Former Arsenal defender Tony Adams believes Arsene Wenger must be held responsible for the Gunner’s 12-year old Premier League trophy drought.
He believes that Arsenal squad do not have the depth or right balance to challenge for the Premier League title. He points out that the teams with best defense often wins the league and Wenger had failed to bring reinforcements since the departure of Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole.
“I think if he put the balance right with regard to their defense and offence he would win the league. It certainly seemed in recent years that whoever won the league had been very good defensively.”
“When Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole left they were the last of the old guard who understood how to defend and priorities that department.
“I think that when they left there was no one else that understood that and the club hasn’t been the same defensively since.”
“Chelsea had the best defense last year, before that there was Vincent Kompany at Manchester City and before that Manchester United won with Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.”
“I think it’s an important part of the game which is sometimes neglected – well, I know it’s neglected.”
Tony Adams, who had won four titles with Arsenal blames reluctance of the French boss to compromise on his principles as the main reason for the club’s misery for over a decade.
“He has got a great offensive unit, but I think he is neglecting the defensive side and I think that’s where the problem lies,” said Tony Adams.
“If they strengthen that area I think they could go and win the league, but I think that’s the error of the team. He sticks to his principles and he wants his team to be offensive.”
Arsenal have secured a vital win over Leicester City in the dying second of the match last weekend to revive their title hopes again. They are currently third in the league table, level on points with city rivals Tottenham and 2 points apart from league leaders Leicester City.