Arsenal lack spine to win Champions League – Ferdinand

Date published: Tuesday 13th September 2016 3:23

Rio Ferdinand Manchester United

Arsenal are lacking the backbone to mount a successful Champions League campaign, according to former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.

Arsene Wenger strengthened his squad in the summer with the big-money signings of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Moenchengladbach, Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna and Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia.

However, Ferdinand believes the club are still a long way from winning the Champions League as they don’t have the right characters or personalities to become a “top team”.

“Arsenal are further away than ever from winning the Champions League and it’s because they have never really replaced the great spine from a decade ago,” the former England international wrote in his column for the Evening Standard.

“There is no one in this side that can match players such as Sol Campbell, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry.

“Those were guys that had big personalities and were men when they went into the changing room.

“When people are not pulling their weight they need to be told in no uncertain terms to sort themselves out — that ‘your performances and way you’re applying yourself will affect me winning trophies’.

“In top teams, players won’t accept that kind of attitude. I just don’t know if there is that nastiness in the Arsenal changing room.”

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