Arsenal need to learn how to defend as a team, says Gerry Francis

Gerry Francis says Arsenal need to learn how to win games properly

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Arsenal need to learn how to defend as a team, according to former Spurs manager Gerry Francis.

The Gunners romped into the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday as Arsenal were 4-1 winners against Galatasaray to finish their group-stage campaign in style.

While Francis feels Arsenal are capable of causing any side problems up front, the QPR legend says the Gunners need to be better defending as a unit.

“Arsenal are an outstanding team going forward; great flair, great ability and will cause anybody problems,” Francis told Sky Sports News.

“Their biggest problem is defending as a team. I say, ‘as a team’, because they’ve real problems. Sometimes they can be 2-0 or 3-0 up but they still bomb forward in numbers and let teams back into the game.

“They’ve got to learn how to really win games properly. Once you’re 2-0 or 3-0, you can still catch teams on the break but they need to be a little bit more organised.

“Like at Stoke on Saturday, they always have a period where teams score against them too easily.”

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