Former captain, Patrick Vieira, believes the current Arsenal side are playing better football than when he was at the Gunners.
The north London club are top of the Barclays Premier League following last Sunday’s 1–0 victory over Chelsea, while a second-string team beat Blackburn 3–2 in midweek to advance to the semi-finals of the Carling Cup.
It was feared Arsene Wenger’s squad would suffer following the loss, first, of Vieira to Juventus in July 2005, and then, talismanic striker, Thierry Henry, who moved to Barcelona last summer. But they have gone from strength to strength, with Wenger’s richly-talented group of youngsters taking England by storm.
Vieira, who won three league titles and four FA Cups in his nine years at the Gunners from 1996 to 2005, is impressed with the way Wenger has moulded yet another superb footballing team.
"Arsene has done some great things and the players are responding to him at the moment," said the France skipper.
"When I left, (Cesc) Fabregas had the chance to be selected. And he has since blossomed. Titi (Henry) has left and (Emmanuel) Adebayor has never scored so many goals. (Robin) van Persie also feels he is like a leader now.
"In my time, we had a great team. We played well and were physically strong. But this current team play better football than in our days.
"Whether that means they are going to win something is another story. But whatever happens, Arsenal are one of the two or three teams in Europe who play the best football."