Vieira has told SunSport that Arsenal have lost some of their identity since the glory days of Arsene Wenger and the Invincibles.

He explained: “When you look at Arsenal in the Arsene Wenger era, you always had this kind of figure — a strong personality who could represent the football club.

“You had players like Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Nigel Winterburn, Lee Dixon, who had been at the club for years.

“When you got there, those players made you understand the DNA of the football club, what Arsenal really means.

“Through the years, Arsenal has lost a little bit of identity — not just on the field but off the field as well.

“Seeing Arsenal not be one of the teams that can challenge for the Premier League or not be one of the teams guaranteed to play Champions League football is frustrating, because that is not what we are used to with Arsenal Football Club.

“I think the club deserves much better than that.”

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