Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has raised doubts over his old club's title credentials, suggesting that a lack of leadership could damage their chances of winning the Premier League this season, reports The Independent.
The 37-year-old Frenchman - who is now employed at Manchester City, as manager of their Elite Development squad - believes that the current leaders will not maintain their impressive start to the 2013/14 campaign, which has seen them establish a five-point gap at the top of the table.
Vieira was the last man to lift the Premier League trophy for Arsenal, captaining Arsene Wenger's 'Invincibles' side to an unprecedented title triumph in 2004.
However, he says that the lack of an inspirational leader in the current crop of Emirates Stadium stars will prove detrimental to their aspirations this season, as they also lack the ability to 'win ugly'.
"When you look at Arsenal, they play fantastic football," said Vieira. "But sometimes you need to win games playing badly, and I don't think Arsenal are capable of that.
"Maybe there is a lack of leadership – they don't have a Tony Adams, Martin Keown or Sol Campbell. These are players who can be leaders on or off the field."
Vieira's comments were made ahead of Arsenal's trip to the Etihad Stadium this weekend, where they take on Manuel Pellegrini's side in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off.