The Gunners often came in for critique from the press and supporters for losing a lot of tenacity and leadership from the middle of the park after Vieira's departure in 2005.
Even under the guidance of legendary boss Arsene Wenger, their post-2005 teams were accused of having a soft centre.
"When I was playing I had Emmanuel Petit and Gilberto next to me, and Edu in the midfield. That was a really good partnership," Vieira said.
"The new players may not have had those players around them who allowed them to express themselves.
"I had Dennis [Bergkamp] or Thierry [Henry] ahead of me, Sol [Campbell] and Martin [Keown] and Tony behind me. They all made my job even easier.
"So it's difficult to be critical of players who maybe didn't have the same help around them."
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