Arsenal go their league season back on track with an unconvincing 2-0 win over Hull yesterday.
It was a much needed three points after back-to-back defeats against Watford and Chelsea.
Arsenal have won just one of their matches against the current top six this season and face a daunting task to beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16.
And Ferdinand believes Arsenal lack the kind of players to get a result.
Arsenal and Newcastle fans react as Rafael Benitez tipped to replace Arsene Wenger
Sun, February 12, 2017
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez is reportedly in the running to take over from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, and Gunners fans aren't happy
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He wrote in the Sunday Times: "In 2009 we ran all over Arsenal in a Champions League semi-final and, as Arsène Wenger and his team enter the knockout stages again, what has changed? Chelsea overpowered them to end their title challenge eight days ago and Bournemouth overran them recently with their intensity.
"Old-school players, strikers running the channels, asking basic questions such as: "Will you stay with me for 90 minutes?" If you tried to outmuscle the old Arsenal — Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit, Sol Campbell — you would have a fight on your hands. I don't see that any more.
"Being a top player is about meeting all the challenges. Can you go to Burnley and fight? Can you be tactically clever in Europe?
"Top players mix their games up and maybe Arsenal don't have enough of those.
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Rio Ferdinand is not impressed with Arsenal
"Before, Arsenal had a spine of steel, the confidence to see out any game, whichever way the circumstances demanded. There was the great side with that spine of Seaman, Adams, Keown, Bould, Petit, Vieira, Wrighty. Then there were "The Invincibles", an incredible side. Those teams could get the job done any which way.
"But this team? On their day they are as good as anyone, but those days don't come often enough. In big games too many players go missing."
Ferdinand then went on to question whether Arsene Wenger was capable of adapting his tactics like his former managerial adverse Sir Alex Ferguson.
He said: "But the big games are about adapting. Even in the Premier League, my United team would adapt and accept that sometimes you have to sacrifice part of your game.
Arsene Wenger has come under criticism for his tactics
"We got past Barcelona in 2008 by putting in a very un-Manchester United performance in the Camp Nou.
"Barça were a better footballing team than us, and we were at their place, so we understood we had to nullify them — then on the counter use Tevez, Ronaldo, Rooney. Can Arsenal change like that?
"In my experience, such things always start with the manager.
"At United, the manager's desire, tactics, demands, filtered through the team."
Arsenal's players have been accused for having a weak mentality
And Ferdinand reveals Robin van Persie, who left Arsenal in 2012 to join Manchester United, had told him there isn't a winning culture at the Emirates.
He added: "Speaking to Robin van Persie and other friends who had been at Arsenal before moving to winning clubs, they all found the mentality different. Robin said of United: "This place is built to win."
I don't get the impression it was like that at Arsenal, and maybe the problem's getting worse.
For the past 13 years they haven't won many trophies and that mentality of going out to win becomes more and more a thing of the past.