Midfielder rejects claims Gunners lack experience and leadership.
Aaron Ramsey has dismissed suggestions Arsenal’s young squad lacks leaders.
The Gunners are top of the Premier League after making a flying start to the season, led by a host of young players including Ramsey.
But critics of Arsene Wenger’s side believe the squad still lack the leadership qualities epitomised by former captain Patrick Vieira, who helped Arsenal win three league titles and four FA Cups during his nine-year stay in North London.
“We have those kind of players,’ Ramsey told The Daily Mail when asked about leaders in the squad.
“We are still a young team but we have some young players who are quite experienced. I feel like there are leaders in this team. (Per) Mertesacker, myself, Jack…
“Everyone wants to win. The players are very passionate. They give their all in every game. That’s definitely an area where we have improved over the past couple of seasons.”
Arsenal were beaten 6-3 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last weekend but Ramsey says the team should not be disheartened by the defeat and said a prominent former Gunners star has noticed a change in attitude on the pitch.
“Teams will drop points at City this season, so we can’t get too down about that. And we play them at home later in the season so we need to make sure we beat them then.
“I did an interview with Martin Keown not so long ago and he told me the main difference this season is the fact that he can see more leaders on the pitch. He obviously felt there was room for improvement there and he has noticed that. He can see the players are more demanding of each other on the pitch.”