Arsene Wenger lacks Arsenal leader, says George Graham

Former Arsenal manager George Graham discusses the north London side's performance in a 2-0 loss to West Ham

Arsenal are lacking leadership after a 2-0 loss to West Ham United, according to George Graham.

The Gunners made a disappointing start to their bid to win the Premier League at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon after suffering a setback against the Hammers.

Cheikhou Kouyate broke the headlock with his first-half header which beat Petr Cech before Mauro Zarata placed a well-struck finish past the Arsenal goalkeeper in the second half.

And former Arsenal manager Graham was disappointed by the lack of leadership in the Gunners side after the home side fell 2-0 behind in north London.

Graham told talkSPORT: “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 press the ball 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 had enjoyed a promising pre-season campaign after winning two tournaments and the Community Shield thanks to a 1-0 victory over defending Premier League champions Chelsea.

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The Gunners make the short trip across London to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace in their next Premier League game on Sunday.

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