Liverpool legend highlights Arsenal’s ‘vulnerability’

Graeme Souness says Arsene Wenger needs to sign player to fill empty spaces

Graeme Souness says Arsenal are too vulnerable at the back when the Gunners pour forward in search of goals.

The north London side had 23 shots on David De Gea’s goal and boasted 61 per cent of possession but still managed to suffer a 2-1 loss to Manchester United at The Emirates on Saturday.

When Arsenal get on the front foot, the empty spaces they leave behind them make them so vulnerable

Graeme Souness

And former Liverpool midfielder Souness urged Arsene Wenger to sign a player capable of occupying the “empty space” that emerges when his Gunners side do push forward on the front foot.

“We spoke about confidence before the game and that’s what both these teams need,” said Souness.

“But Arsenal are going away with even less than what they started with after this.

“United had to rely on their goalkeeper but they grew into the game and became threatening in the second half, while again we come back to Arsenal’s vulnerability. When Arsenal get on the front foot, the empty spaces they leave behind them make them so vulnerable.

“It happens all the time. At 1-0 you’re still very much in the game. You must play like that, until the last minute when you have to go for it.

“They got picked off but they play like that when they’re winning 1-0! They leave empty spaces all the time. You have got to have someone who is willing to sacrifice themselves and fill spaces. If they had someone thinking like that a lot of their problems would be eliminated.”

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