If there’s been one criticism of Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal that has been levelled at the North Londoners more often than not in the last six years or so, it’s that the Gunners are far too easy and soft to play against at times.
While there’s no precise point to mark the moment in which Arsene Wenger decided to stray away from having multiple physical units in his winning team towards trying to throw as many diminutive attackers as possible into his starting eleven, many often claim it was Cesc Fabregas who started to alter the Frenchman’s thinking.
Becoming an Arsenal captain early on in his footballing career and wowing everybody with his technique and guile, it seems that since then, Arsene Wenger has somewhat forgot everything that made him so successful in the early years of his days in England.
Lacking real leaders in the Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira mould nowadays, this has been part of the reason why Arsenal have only been making up the top four as opposed to more regularly fighting for Premier League titles.
Having scooped two back-to-back FA Cup triumphs, the signs are that Arsenal are on the march again but as we’ve seen in recent seasons, their title credentials are being written off again in part due to the fact that they lack a dominating physical presence that can stand up when the going gets tough.
With this theme in mind, we’re feeling a little nostalgic in the Football Transfer Tavern this evening while devising a list of five of the hardest Arsenal players of the last 10 years.
Click on the image below to reveal the 5 hardest Arsenal players of the last 10 years.