Arsene Wenger has revealed that Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech are the three biggest leaders in the Arsenal dressing room (via The Metro).
It’s often been a criticism of Arsenal by fans and pundits alike but it seems that Arsene Wenger has got an answer to the club’s apparent lack of leadership in the dressing room.
“We have many leaders,” Wenger revealed in an interview.
“The modern life has created maybe a bit less natural leadership because more players are better informed and have a bigger knowledge of the game so everybody contributes.
“It is less centralised on one or two persons. But of course, at the moment, I would say Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny are the captains with Petr Cech so the natural responsibility goes to them.”
The club has lost some of the best leaders in English football history in the last few decades. The likes of Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira are irreplaceable so it’s unfair to expect Arsene Wenger to do just that.
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Despite that, it’s impossible for an outsider to say if they dressing room has enough leadership, only the players themselves can say that. In that respect, Wenger’s comments aren’t exactly surprising. Cech, Koscielny and Mertesacker are the most senior players in the squad and have won almost everything a player can win between them.