sport news Arsenal must pull together and battle for Arsene Wenger

I wish I could pull on my boots and play for Arsene Wenger against Manchester City on Thursday. If I could come back for one more game, it would be this one.

I would love to share with this struggling Arsenal side the collective energy and never-say-die spirit that defined the teams I played for.

Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann described it as a 'wolf-pack' mentality but I saw it more as a togetherness and a will to win that all our opponents envied. 

I would love to play for my old boss Arsene Wenger against Manchester City on Thursday night

I would love to play for my old boss Arsene Wenger against Manchester City on Thursday night

Jens Lehmann (right) said Arsenal used to have a 'wolf-pack' mentality but that has long gone

Jens Lehmann (right) said Arsenal used to have a 'wolf-pack' mentality but that has long gone

We played so close to the edge that sometimes we found it difficult to keep 11 players on the pitch.

Now that desire has disappeared. Long gone is Arsenal's aura of invincibility and teams cannot wait to play them.

This has been Arsenal's worst season in recent memory. The side's poor away form suggests a serious lack of character and the last two matches have been embarrassing to watch.

During the Carabao Cup final, there was no hunger to work as a team off the ball. When Arsenal were in possession, they could barely string two passes together.

Where is the intensity in this team, the animal instinct to fight for their lives? It is time for the leaders in this dressing room to stand up and be counted.

When Arsenal were winning Premier League titles in 1998, 2002 and 2004, the players were the best I had ever worked with. I had waited my whole career to join such a talented group.

Before games, I would look round the dressing room and remind each and every player just how good they were. Who is doing this now? Somebody needs to remind these players of their qualities and challenge them, too.

Who is saying to Mesut Ozil, 'You can find a great pass, but we might not have much of the ball, so work harder to get it back'?

Who is urging Hector Bellerin to combine his great pace with excellent deliveries in the final third?

is a ruthless striker. Who is telling him that against City he may only have one chance, and that he will have to take it?

Aaron Ramsey has unbelievable energy. Who is encouraging him to win that battle in midfield and make Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Fernandinho feel like they are having their hardest game all season? 

Arsenal, who lost 3-0 to Man City at on Sunday, are a team devoid of leadership on the pitch

Arsenal, who lost 3-0 to Man City at on Sunday, are a team devoid of leadership on the pitch

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