Date: 20th January 2013 at 12:24am
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Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants his Arsenal side to rediscover their physical streak. In the early part of his reign, players such as Patrick Vieira, Martin Keown and Ray Parlour were the iron fist inside the Gunners’ velvet glove. But as he built a young new team at the birth of the new stadium, steel was almost entirely supplanted by style.

But Arsene reckons its time to get tough again, with a more experienced brand of player in the squad now. The likes of Podolski, Vermaelen, Diaby and Jack Wilshere, along with the Premier League’s most frequent tackler Mikel Arteta suggest a steelier spine and Wenger wants his team to reach in and find their inner beast.

“Maybe we need to be a bit more ¬≠physical. When the referees see our team sheet they say: ‘Oh, Arsenal – fantastic`. We have physical players, but maybe have to restructure the balance of the team.

“We have the characters to do it. We have technical players but we also have physical players.”