‘Where are the strong characters?’ – Lampard questions Arsenal mentality

Mar 7, 2017 09:59:44

With the futures of Arsene Wenger, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil looking uncertain, the former midfielder believes the club are in a mess

Former Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard believes there are not enough strong characters at Arsenal following their recent capitulation, while questioning whether Arsene Wenger is still in a position to lead the club correctly.

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The Gunners have lost to Watford, Chelsea and most recently Liverpool in the Premier League, and were humilated by a 5-1 beating from Bayern Munich in the first-leg of their Champions League Round-of-16 tie last month.

Questions surrounding Wenger's future at the club were followed by reports of a training-ground bust up with Alexis Sanchez, with the Chilean now supposedly wanting out of the club, and widespread rumours in regards to a potential summer exit for Mesut Ozil.

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Former Chesea midfielder Lampard, speaking on Sky's Monday Night Football, is unsure whether the Gunners currently have the strength of character to pull themselves out of the mess they find themselves in.

"I don't think they've got a particularly strong dressing room, I really don't," Lampard said. "I don't know them all personally but when you go through it you wonder who are the strong characters in that dressing room?

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"There might be other players that are disgruntled, ones that are in and out of the team, and when criticism starts at a club it spreads. Sometimes players make excuses or all of a sudden they don't like the manager.

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"When you're in that position, as Arsenal are, it becomes very difficult for the manager to deal with it.

"He has tried to deal with it but he hasn't really drawn a big line. He's drawn a half-hearted line. Now who knows where we are with it all?"

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