Vieira blames lack of ‘strength’ for Arsenal’s failings

first_imgMore than 3,000 miles away, Vieira would have grimaced when he heard the 4-0 result. The Frenchman is manager at MLS franchise New York City.Now 41, he remains a commanding figure. He marches round the club’s training complex an hour’s drive north of Manhattan with an authority reminiscent of his playing career. When Vieira speaks, his players listen.Arsenal, however, is never too far from the forefront of his mind, probably even more so after Sunday’s cowardly display.Vieira was the embodiment of all that was impressive about Arsenal under Wenger. Powerful, brave and authoritative. He could play a bit too, just ask Roy Keane.READ: Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira insists the club have plenty of leaders as he blames lack of ‘strength’ for failingsThe Frenchman was the embodiment of all that was impressive about Arsenal under Wenger.Photo/ Daily Mail.Twelve years after he left north London for Juventus, there remains a Vieira-shaped hole in the heart of Arsenal’s midfield. The void isn’t lost on Vieira.“If you look at Arsenal today I really enjoy watching them play, they play some really good football,” he says. “But that is not enough to win football matches or to win competitions. In our time we were winning and we had the strength to not play well but somehow manage to win the game 1-0.“I’m not one to say, “Our generation was better than this generation”. It doesn’t make sense to compare the two generations because we are in a different period.“The team in our generation were more physical but this generation are better football players, there’s no doubt about that. So the balance is what Arsenal need to find. We had the physicality to deal with different situations.”Incredibly, Vieira says he wouldn’t pick himself in his own starting XI now he’s a manager.“Now I’m coach, if I had a player like myself maybe he’d be on the bench,” he says with a wry smile, tongue firmly in cheek.Vieira believes players such as Mesut Ozil have the qualities to take his mantle.Photo/DAILY MAILWenger wouldn’t agree with him. The Gunners manager is crying out for someone like Vieira — he’d be the first name on the team-sheet.It’s no secret Arsenal lack leaders. Vieira is, arguably, the most dominant captain Wenger ever had in his 20-plus years at Arsenal.But Vieira believes there are players at the Emirates who can take his mantle.“You’re not going to tell me Mesut Ozil is not a leader? You’re not going to tell me Alexis Sanchez is not a leader? You’re not going to tell me Petr Cech is not a leader,” he asserts.“I believe there are different types of leaders on the field. You have the technical leader, you have the vocal one, you have the one who doesn’t talk but shows it in his desire and how he competes.“I’m more like that: the one who isn’t as vocal as Tony Adams but will show it how he competes on the field. And you have the type of leader who will want to take a penalty in the 95th minute — this is part of being a leader as well.“There are leaders in the team to challenge and they have the experience to win matches.”Pressure is building on manager Arsene Wenger after another humiliating defeat.Photo/DAILY MAILSo where now for Wenger and his side? What are the solutions? The club’s London Colney HQ will feel like a lonely place for Wenger over the next 10 days as his players disperse for international duty.Wenger was lauded for the switch to a back three in April, a ploy that coincided with a run of seven wins in eight games at the back end of last season.But after sticking with the system, Arsenal have conceded eight goals in three Premier League games so far, the second worst record in the division behind West Ham, who have leaked 10.Yet the likelihood of Wenger relenting in his pursuit of attacking perfection seems improbable.Jose Mourinho, in contrast, seems to have struck the perfect balance between defence and attack. Manchester United have scored 10 goals so far, the highest in the league, conceding none. He’d never admit it, of course, but maybe Wenger should take a leaf out of Mourinho’s book.Arsenal fans are longing for players like Vieira after years of the same failings.Photo/DAILY MAILVieira, who worked under both managers, says: “Would I like my team to be more like a Jose or an Arsene team? I would like to be the balance of both.“I would like my teams to have the discipline that Jose has but also allow players to express themselves into that discipline like Arsene. Arsene always gives freedom to his players. To have that freedom is good but if you can get them to respect the tactical aspect of the game it will be even better.“When you talk about Jose who I had at Inter Milan, he was always focused on the details, giving players information that allows them to go on the field and respect the tactical game.“Then you have Arsene who is always positive and always giving confidence to the players no matter what. Fabio Capello could be really tough on players. Roberto Mancini would work on tactical work for an hour and a half because the tactical game was important for him“So I take a little bit from everybody and try to use it with how I see the game and how I am as person as well.”-By Daily Mail–0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal players make their way back to the halfway line after Liverpool’s fourth goal.PHOTO/Daily MailLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 29 – How Arsene Wenger could do with Patrick Vieira in his ranks. Sunday’s harrowing experience at Anfield would never have happened on the Frenchman’s watch.Not for the first time, Wenger’s non-firing Gunners were lucky to leave Liverpool trailing by four goals. They lost 5-1 in 2014 and were equally abject, gutless and spineless at the weekend.last_img read more

Immigrant issue spurs division in Assembly

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – As several hundred immigrants rallied on the west steps of the Capitol, the Assembly on Monday voted for a resolution calling on President George W. Bush and Congress to reject extreme immigration laws. The party-line vote was symbolic, but the debate showcased the ideological emotions that have divided lawmakers in California and Washington, D.C. On one side, Democrats led by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez of Los Angeles said Congress should give an estimated 12 million immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally a path to citizenship. But Republicans insisted that immigrants who have crossed the border illegally should not be rewarded for breaking American laws. The Assembly passed the resolution 42-26. Republicans lined up against the measure, complaining that Democrats had polarized the debate by describing a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives as “mean-spirited, shortsighted and anti-immigrant.” In December the House passed a bill that would make it a felony to be in the country illegally, criminalize people who help illegal immigrants and build a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate is considering a measure that more closely adheres to a proposal by President Bush. It calls for stronger enforcement, a new guest worker program and an eventual chance at citizenship for most immigrants in the country illegally. Seeking to add their voice to the national debate, the Assembly approved a nonbinding resolution asking Congress to stand up to “the extremists’ voices” that drove the immigration debate in the House. Assembly Republicans tried to weaken the resolution but came up short on the votes. “Using language like this I think is inflammatory,” said Assemblyman Rick Keene, R-Chico. Assemblyman Mark Wyland, R-Vista, said the federal government should reimburse California for the $10.5 billion a year that it cost the state to care for illegal immigrants. “The immigration debate I think is about following the rules,” said Assemblyman Chuck Devore, R-Irvine. “While we all celebrate immigrants and understand many people would like to come to the United States, we ought to follow the rules.”last_img read more