Arsenal were two points behind Premier League champions Leicester City on Boxing Day.
Ultimately their season ended in disappointment, a run of two wins in nine games from January to March extinguishing hope of lifting the trophy.
An end-of-season collapse is becoming a common theme for the Gunners as they look to end their long wait to win the title and Ian Wright is one of many fans to voice their dismay at how the season has panned out.
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So much so that he’s been watching videos of yesteryear to remind himself of the glory days.
The former Arsenal striker has posted a video on his Instagram page of Tony Adams recalling what he told his players during the 1997-98 season.
On Boxing Day in 1997, Arsene Wenger’s side were 13 points adrift of leaders Manchester United being they embarked on one of the most memorable runs in league history.
The Gunners went undefeated in their next 18 games, winning 15 of them, as they pipped United to the title by a point.
And Adams’ message was clear. The captain delivered an inspiring team talk that Wright wishes he had shown Wenger’s current side in December.
“Every league title that I’ve ever won, if you stay with the pack, and then just after Christmas, kick on, step up to the plate,” Adams says.
“Concentration from game to game. That’s your life for five months and then you can go. But I was calling on every one of those players at that point to focus on the next game.
“‘You ain’t got a life, forget your life. This is about winning the league title’.”
Wright, who was a part of that title-winning team, added the caption: “Should have played this out in the dressing room at Xmas.”
Arsenal lack a clear leader
He’s probably right. Arsenal lack a clear leader, someone who can not only inspire the players but knows exactly when they need motivating.
Fans have been calling for Wenger to sign a player of Adams’ or Patrick Vieira’s ilk for some time.
And it’s not only the fans who realise that Arsenal’s squad is without an authoritative figure.
Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam admitted that there is nobody in the Arsenal team who can “gee them up and get them going.”
When asked by BBC Radio 5live presenter Mark Chapman which Arsenal players he can hear when playing against them, Adam replied: “Nobody.”
He continued: “There's players in other teams where you know if you do something wrong you see them get dug out. I see [Alexis] Sanchez sometimes but he does it in the wrong way, he throws his arms in the air and things like that.
“Playing against Arsenal I just don't see it. I don't see that type of player, who gets to that stage where they want to have a go at somebody, just to try to gee them up and get them going.
"Sadly it's missing from them."
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