Surprising quotes from Gunners boss.
Arsene Wenger admits he has struggled to replicate the fine defence from the earlier part of his career at Arsenal, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The Gunners have become something of a soft touch at the back in recent years, and Wenger has now pointed to Chelsea, who have more leaders at the back and better communicators than his own side.
Wenger feels the constant flow of players who speak different languages has affected his side since the days when he had an all-English back four that had played together for many years.
“If you look at the evolution of English football, when I arrived here, I had the back four, all was English, but they were not only English, they communicated because they had the same culture, the same way to see the game, they were educated together and communication is an important part,” he said.
“With people coming in from different countries, communication has gone from the back four, much more than before, and you see less people who talk. It doesn’t mean there are no leaders but they do not speak always the same language, they are not the same way to respond to situations. That has a little bit gone in our game.
“Certainly, you had more [leaders] before, yes. John Terry is a coach on the pitch. He’s a Tony Adams, basically, organises the team, because he has huge experience now and because he reads the game well. Maybe [Gary] Cahill in five, six, seven years will be like that as well. He is the right age, and you do not find many any more. You had more before than you do today.”