Joey Barton: Wenger’s current Arsenal side lack spine & character, Mourinho has him on toast’

Football philosopher Joey Barton had a bit of a rant at Arsenal’s ‘lack of character and spine’, while speaking on BBC Radio Five live yesterday.

Barton drew the comparison with Wenger’s Invicibles side, which had characters like Vieira and Petit throughout the team, something that he feels is sorely lacking from the current generation.

He said in the big games they’re constantly found out – ‘Fergie had him on toast, and now Mourinho has him on toast.’

When Barton read the headline regarding his comments, he felt they’d been taken out of context, so took to Twitter to clarify.

In truth it’s a pretty well-worn argument, and not the most original, but on the eve of Chelsea v Arsenal, it’s still as relevant as ever.

‘You think of his teams of [Emmanuel] Petit, [Patrick] Vieira, [Tony] Adams, [Martin] Keown and all those kind of warriors. You look around the Arsenal dressing room now – they don’t really have an abundance of them.

“At the latter stages of a season they come unstuck because of that lack of – I hate to say it – a real lack of character or spine within the team.

“Sometimes you need someone to galvanise and that might be a shouter and bawler.

It may not be Arsene’s way, but I think they lack that.

“Psychologically, the managers of these big clubs are usually top managers and I think they’ve had Wenger on toast.

Sir Alex Ferguson had him on toast in the end and Mourinho’s got him on toast now. That’s what costs them.”

 

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