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Sol Campbell has questioned whether Arsenal's current crop of stars have the fight required to be successful at the club and suggested they had gone 'soft'.

The former Gunners defender was part of the Invincibles side of 2003/04, who were lauded as much for their strong, physical presence as they were for their attractive, pass-and-move brand of football.

Those days now seem like a distant memory round the Emirates, after Arsenal recorded their worst season in over two decades to finish eighth in the table.

Many factors have contributed to the club's decline, but a common theme has often been the criticism levied at their considered lack of grit in matches – something Campbell has picked up on as well.

Sol Campbell has questioned Arsenal's fighting spirit
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Speaking to Ladbrokes at the launch of their new European Championships 5-a-side Bet, Campbell said: "When I was at Arsenal we had a team of tough guys… I don't know whether things have softened now.

"When I was there we had a team full of tough guys. All great gentlemen, straight-talking. There were loads of characters, great banter and with that came a few fights from time to time. But above all that, it was a team full of great personalities; great people.

"We didn't shy away from things at all. Is football like that now? Are Arsenal like that now? I don't think so."

"We were ruthless gentlemen. There is such a thing; you know what's good and what's bad but when it comes to football there's no mucking around. It's as simple as that."

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He added: "Does the club want to start again, forgetting about how Arsenal of old used to win? You have to ask the guys at the top. It's a different time now.

"It was extremely tough when we were playing; I don't know whether things have softened now. Has life softened? Regardless, you still need those players with that fight inside of them who can go away to Burnley on a windy midweek night and get a result."

Campbell also wondered why the likes of Arsenal's more experienced stars, including Granit Xhaka and Hector Bellerin, were being linked with moves away, particularly so soon after David Luiz's departure.

Goalkeeper Bernd Leno has also been tipped to move on this summer while Alexandre Lacazette could also depart if the club choose not to tie him down to a new contract.

"Who is going to change Arsenal Football Club? I think they need to have a look around the place at some of the senior players there," Campbell said.

"Do they keep a couple of players around to help bring on the youngsters? You can't just go and get rid of all of your experienced players.

"You don't want to sever ties completely with players like that because otherwise there'll be no one around who can teach new signings and younger players the ways of the club."

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