Arsenal need to be more organised to win title, says Gunners legend

Graham Rix believes Arsenal still make too many mistakes due to their disorganisation without the ball

By Dipak Patel

Graham Rix says Arsenal play some lovely football but will never challenge for the title unless they improve their organisation.

Arsenal are currently in good form after having won five out of their last six games, but they showed their vulnerability during a 2-1 loss against Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month.

Spurs dominated their north London rivals in the second half and won the game courtesy of two Harry Kane goals, but the manner in which they conceded them is precisely the sort of thing Rix is worried about.

“When we have the ball I love it. We play with such attacking verve and with great speed and technique. But it is when we do not have the ball that I am concerned,” Rix told London24.

“We still need to show discipline and shape when we are not in possession – we saw that we can do it when we won 2-0 at Manchester City. That really was a magnificent performance.

“But until we do that consistently I will continue to have concerns. We need to be organised because, at this level, you make mistakes and you will be punished because the better the opposition, the better you have to be.”

Rix played for the Gunners as a midfielder for 13 years, and in that time, he clocked up 351 appearances scoring 41 goals.

After his playing career ended he went into management and had spells at Portsmouth, Oxford United, Hearts, Central FC and is the current manager A.F.C. Portchester in the Wessex League Premier Division.

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