The North London club have conceded 13 goals in the Premier League and their lack of discipline at the back saw them give away a three-goal lead during the Champions League clash against Anderlecht earlier this month, forcing them to settle for a draw.
The Gunners have lost two key players in the form of Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy to injury. Despite the injury worries, the former Arsenal midfielder believes the Emirates club lacks the ability to sort out issues on the pitch by their own accord.
According to Talk Sport, he said:
The players have to sort [their defensive performances] out between them, you can’t keep looking over to the manager.
Arsene didn’t have to tell us that when we go in front we had to defend, I think we just did it automatically.
I played with the likes of Tony Adams, Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit, who wouldn’t let you get out of position, so it isn’t down to coaching, it’s down to the individual players to know when to defend at times.
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That’s what the Arsenal team probably don’t have at the moment, they want to go forward all the time – which is what they did against Anderlecht – and you can’t expect to do that and keep clean sheets.
The Gunners have already dropped 9 points from winning positions in the league, which is not surprisingly more than any other team. They also threw away a 3 goal lead against Anderlecht not to mention the 1-0 advantage to Swansea. Both situations were not been helped by the makeshift back four that has been continually played in recent weeks, but they’ve lacked a more cautious style of play when in the lead.
The midfielders need to offer more protection and players need to assume more responsibility. Its very depressing to see the team getting caught on counterattacks unnecessarily when leading the game, we need to exercise more maturity in games.
Do you agree with Ray Parlour?