Every championship-winning team has something that stands out from the rest. There is a major difference in the way they play. They never refuse to let their heads down. They always give 100% on the field until the very last second of every game. They have a winning mentality and the drive that losing is just not an option anymore.
Most importantly, they have that passion which is distinctive where they play for the fans, for the club, not just for themselves.
These clear distinctions are missing from the current Arsenal squad. It's not just about replacing players with quality, it's about individuals being passionate enough for the club. Arsenal are a good squad this season, better than last season. Defensively, they made changes with Steve Bould coming in to shake things up. But the same mistakes keep cropping up.
Arsene Wenger has replaced leaving players with quality with the likes of Podolski and Cazorla. You can see they have talent, but there is something missing from this squad. It's that drive that makes you distinctive as potential champions.
It is pointless comparing today's team that lost to Manchester United with the one from the ultimate season. Back then, the Gunners boasted of a squad filled with Vieira, Bergkamp, Pires, Petit, Ljunberg and Thierry Henry. Those players played for club like they were playing for their lives. They gave everything on the pitch and had a winning mentality.
Today's defeat to Manchester United is a huge concern for the manager. Arsenal lost 2-1 and had only two shots on target the whole match. That's a huge blow for the manager. The Gunners are lacklustre and not pushing themselves hard enough in attack.
Everyone seems to be waiting for someone to take responsibility, and no one seems to be ready to make that step. The players have to look at themselves and give the manager some help. They go out onto the field, no one should be thinking that just because you're playing United, a loss is not a bad result.
They need to work on their mentality because this team is weak and they need to fix this problem quickly or lose out on a top four spot.