George Graham: Arsenal lack leaders

George  Graham has hit out Gunners following a home defeat in the season opener against West Ham United

Former Arsenal boss George Graham slammed his criticism on Wenger’s side for their shockingly bad start to the new Premier League campaign. Graham said that Arsenal’s loss signified a lack of leadership in the team following a morale jarring 2-0 defeat against a team that featured a 16 year old player in the starting XI.

Throughout the game, the Gunners really lacked character and did not even deserve to get a point for their efforts.

“I was really disappointed and very surprised by Arsenal. Their pre-season form had been excellent and I thought, ‘right, let’s go at West Ham.’

“But it amazed me that after the first 20 minutes, both sides had 50 per cent possession – when does an away team come to the Emirates and get that sort of possession? Very, very rarely.

“I was really surprised Arsenal didn’t really press the ball early in the first half and put West Ham under pressure, and maybe that just shows you the lack of leadership at the club.

“I didn’t see anyone get a grip of the game. Arsenal have some brilliant players, but Mesut Ozil was very quiet – you never really saw him – and Santi Cazorla was on the left wing in the first half and he doesn’t like playing there.

“You’re looking for your big names, your big players, to perform, and they didn’t do that yesterday.”