William Gallas has torn into Arsenal’s senior players over their lack of leadership, singling out former captain Granit Xhaka and claiming there is ‘something wrong’ with the midfielder.
The Gunners are on a miserable run of form and sit in 15th place in the Premier League after picking up just five points from the last 27 available and are now closer to the relegation zone than the Champions league places.
Former Arsenal skipper Gallas has already criticised manager Mikel Arteta and now he has turned his ire onto the players, saying they lack experienced, vocal leaders and slamming Xhaka’s ill-discipline.
‘They have to bring some players in. I’m still not convinced about the defenders. You need more experienced players that the ones they have,’ Gallas told Ladbrokes.
‘When you look at their defence, who has experience? David Luiz is injured. Maybe Hector Bellerin is one of your most experienced players at the back now, but he’s not been very good.
‘Then you look in midfield. Where is their experience coming from? Granit Xhaka? I’m sorry but for me, after what I’ve seen, I think there’s something wrong with him.
‘You can’t give away so many fouls and get so many cards. He makes too many mistakes.
‘If he’s your most experienced player and he doesn’t have the experience to know you can’t make these mistakes and keep getting booked, you’re going to be in trouble.’
He continued: ‘What I don’t see at the moment in that team is a single player who is shouting and giving orders. When you’re not playing well you need one or two players to shout at the players on the pitch and wake the team up.
‘I don’t see anyone in that Arsenal team doing it. Look at Arsenal teams that we’ve seen over the years; I was captain of the club and sometimes I was maybe guilty of shouting at my players too much because I wanted to win every single game we played.
‘But even before me, you had Sol Campbell, Martin Keown, Patrick Vieira; these big players. When you watched them play, it was nice to see those players communicating with the rest of the team and their teammates responded in a positive way. Now I think football has changed – you don’t really see many players like that nowadays.
‘I’m sure Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will have called the players together for a meeting as captain of Arsenal Football Club. He has to bring everyone together face-to-face and explain to them how important it is they start getting results on the board.
‘Whether you like the manager’s system or whether you don’t like it, that is not the problem. What we have to do as players is simple; we have to do our job. Our job is to give everything for 90 minutes and fight for every ball.
‘They look a little bit lost at the moment; they look like they don’t know what they’re doing. They need to have that anger, that spirit and fight. That’s how you can start to get results and build a strong team. That starts in defence; you need your defenders to have that fight and that anger, which translates into the midfielders and strikers.’