Arsenal suffered a defeat of epic proportions this week, one of those setbacks that makes the club take a long, hard look at themselves.
Arsene Wenger desperately needs to strengthen and yet the more people tell him that the more stubborn he gets and does quite the opposite.
They are not in big supply and are hard to come by, but Arsenal need a big, strong centre-back who is also a leader.
When William Gallas was stripped of the captaincy, Cesc Fabregas got the armband but that’s a pretty damning indictment of Arsenal’s squad.
There aren’t enough strong, forceful and vociferous leaders who set an example. And on a desperate European night, Arsenal were crying out for one.