Tony Adams singles out Arsenal’s main problem this season

Tony Adams explains why he's worried about Arsenal's defending so far this season

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Tony Adams believes that Arsenal’s main issues stem from a shaky defence this season.

The Gunners were active in the summer transfer window and brought in a whole host of names, including Nicolas Pepe and David Luiz.

However, their vulnerabilities at the back have been on show in their first four games of the season, with the Gunners only having managed to keep one clean sheet, conceding six time.

Arsenal had to come from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw with local rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.

Although former Arsenal captain Adams was impressed by substitute Dani Ceballos’ display, he feels that the Gunners’ defensive options are simply not good enough.

Speaking in an interview quoted by Metro after the draw with Spurs, Adams said: “We’ve just got to sort out the other end of the pitch, really. All over the place.

“We’re not pulling the strings, we’re not feeding the front three.

“If we can get the ball into the front three you can see what they can do.

“Then just hope for the best at the back, I think that’s all you can do with this mob.

“Ceballos coming on and starting to make us tick, I think he was impressive.

“Just because you’ve got the three strikers, you need someone to link it. Actually, if we got a good back four in place we’d be going places, I think.

“That’s the problem, I was disappointed in the summer that we didn’t get someone, or two big, strong defenders. Because you’ve seen up the other end they are scoring goals for fun.”

Arsenal will return to Premier League action after the international break when they take on Watford away from home.

The Gunners are currently in fifth place in the Premier League table after having taken seven points from their opening four games.

Unai Emery has been tasked with leading them back into the top four this season after they finished fifth and without a trophy last term.

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