The Mikel Artetas, the Santi Cazorlas, Tomas Rosickys, and Mesut Özil as well, although I know he’s not played for a bit, it seems like they go on the pitch with no discipline. It’s almost as if they say: ‘you four, five midfielders, go out there do what you want. Try and score a goal, a few little nice one-twos, a bit of tippy-tappy football. Don’t bother running back’.
I don’t know if that’s what the manager does, it just seems that way. They just seem to be midfield players with no discipline. There are no leaders, there’s no Patrick Vieira, there’s no (Tony) Adams, there’s no Martin Keown.
There are different types of leaders. Keown and Adams were the sort to lay into their team-mates when necessary. Vieira was naturally more quiet, but led by example with his outstanding midfield displays.
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