‘Arsenal defence has balance issues – it’s been a worry for years’

Date published: Thursday 15th September 2016 12:48

Laurent Koscielny: Keeps Serge Aurier at arm's length

Laurent Koscielny: Keeps Serge Aurier at arm's length

Arsenal’s defensive shortcomings have been highlighted by a former player and TV pundit following their “fortunate” 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The Gunners were lucky to escape the Parc des Princes with a point after Alexis Sanchez’s late equaliser got them off the mark in their group opener.

Despite the draw, ITV pundit and former Gunners star Lee Dixon was far from impressed with Arsenal and ripped into their defensive display against the French champions.

“It’s totally a balance thing for me,” said Dixon during ITV’s highlights show on Wednesday evening.

“With the ball we’re brilliant, but without it absolutely shocking, they don’t know what they’re doing.

“There are problems without the ball, it’s been like this for years now.

“(In the) 80th minute, they’ve just got back in the game, they’re not pressing. (Edison) Cavani should score another goal. (They were) great with the ball, great point, well done, but that can’t go on.”

Dixon’s fellow pundit Roy Keane was also less than complimentary to the Gunners and doesn’t see Wenger’s team getting very far in the competition.

“We keep repeating it,” he told ITV.

“They get through the group and when they play against a decent team in Europe they get knocked out.”

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