Kenny Cunningham: Arsenal taking baby steps in right direction
The former Irish defender says Arsenal can be a deadly counter-attacking unit
Arsenal are taking baby steps in the right direction, according to former Republic of Ireland defender Kenny Cunningham.
The north London side secured their first win of the Champions League campaign on Tuesday night after goals from Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil sealed a 2-0 victory over Bundesliga holders Bayern Munich.
There are grounds for optimism there. They are making those baby steps forward, evolving and improving as a team
Arsenal wrapped up the game thanks to Ozil’s strike in the fourth minute of added time after the Gunners hit Bayern on the counter-attack thanks to the pace of full-back Hector Bellerin.
And Cunningham was impressed with Arsenal’s performance in a must-win game for Arsene Wenger’s side.
“I’m impressed to a certain extent with Arsenal,” Cunningham told Newstalk’s Off The Ball show.
“There are grounds for optimism there. They are making those baby steps forward, evolving and improving as a team.”
Ex-Birmingham City defender Cunningham believes Wenger should look to employ counter-attacking tactics on a more regular basis, particular with the likes of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in his squad.
“Arsenal deserved to win the game despite the passing stats,” Cunningham added.
“There is more than one way to win a football game. They need to get better at that. They can drill themselves even better.”
He continued: “A front three of Oxalde-Chamberlain, Walcott and Sanchez – that is a powerful counter-attacking unit right there.
“For me, I’d love to see that more often. Arsene Wenger has his philosophy where he wants to dominate possession and playing a passing game.
“But when you have those type of players in your team who are so effective at playing counter-attacking football.”
Arsenal have won their last three games in all competitions after wins against Manchester United, Watford and Bayern.