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Patrick Vieira says Arsenal must find winning mentality

Jack Wilshere reacts during Arsenal's defeat against Bayern Munich (© Getty Images)
Jack Wilshere reacts during Arsenal's defeat against Bayern Munich (© Getty Images).

Ex-Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira believes Arsenal's current team lack the mentality needed to win trophies and be a real force again in English and world football.

Vieira made over 300 appearances for the Gunners between 1996 and 2005 and the Frenchman was the last player to lift a trophy for the club back in 2005, when they beat Manchester United on penalties in the FA Cup.

Arsenal find themselves 21 points off league leaders Manchester United and were dumped out of the Capital One Cup by League Two side Bradford City, and have recently been knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Blackburn Rovers. Those two defeats have left their only chance of silverware being in the Champions League.

However on Tuesday night, Arsenal lost 3-1 at home to Bayern Munich which leaves them all-but out of the competition unless they can produce a miracle in Germany.

Vieira believes that Arsenal's players have the ability to succeed but need to start believing in thier skills if they want to finally win silverware.

'With Arsenal, it's always up and down. When Arsenal have a good day, they can beat any team in the world,' he told FA TV.

'But maybe they lack consistency to win silverware. When you look at the Arsenal starting XI they are fantastic players, but they may need to believe in themselves more that they can win something.

'Maybe that's why they haven't achieved the height of their potential.'

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