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While his former club were in free fall against Manchester City, Manchester United legend Paul Scholes turned his criticism on Arsenal in his role as an analyst for Sky Sports, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.
The Gunners saw their Premier League title hopes further dented by a late own goal in the 2-2 draw with Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium after the six-goal drubbing at Chelsea on Saturday.
Scholes is quoted as saying:
Typical week for Arsenal, really. They capitulated at Chelsea and it seems to be a similar theme which happens when they play the top teams. It happened at Liverpool, they conceded six against City.
For one reason or another, the players just seem to go missing. The Artetas, the Cazorlas, the Rosickys, Ozils although I know he has not played for a bit.
They go on the pitch with no discipline. It's as though 'You four, five midfielders go out there and do what you want, try and score a goal. A few nice one-twos, nice tippy-tappy football, but don't bother running back'. That is my thoughts on it.
I don't know if it is the manager, it just seems that way. Midfield players with no discipline. There are no leaders. No Patrick Vieira, no (Tony) Adams, or Martin Keown. They need sometimes a midfielder to say 'Look, come beside me for five or 10 minutes and let's stop the flow of attacks.'
You feel sorry for Arsenal fans. They get the same thing every year. The hint of a title for a few weeks then they go to Chelsea, City or Liverpool and they just do nothing.
Fans expect Arsenal to go for a League trophy. They are third or fourth but are a million miles away, in my eyes.
When we played against Arsenal teams it was really tough. Now, you play Arsenal and just get stuck in and you have won the game. Wilshere, what a really top young player, but he has not really gone on.
He needs players like Vieira to take him to the next level. Injuries have not helped him but his development, from being 17, he does not look any better player now than when he was 17.