Tony Adams believes Mikel Arteta needs to scrap playing three at the back a revert to a back four following Arsenal’s defeat at Manchester City.
A solitary Raheem Sterling goal was enough to deal the Gunners a second league defeat of the season.
Arsenal have conceded six goals in five games thus far, but Adams reckons they have the players to help solidify the defence.
Thomas Partey was a deadline day signing from Atletico Madrid and has been backed to strengthen the base of their midfield.
And Adams wants to see new boy Gabriel partnered up with someone at the heart of the defence.
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“I think it’s time for a back four. I’ve been saying it since the start of the season,” he told Premier League Productions.
“It wins you cup games, it doesn’t win you league titles. If he wants to build for the future.
“I think he’s got problems with Hector, I think his defending today wasn’t very good at all. But I’d like him to go to a back four. They’ve got Gabriel now, get him a partnership.
“They’ve been unlucky at the start with Holding going down but get them into a back four.
“They look like they’ve a holding midfielder now who’s got a bit of presence and build for the future.”
The Gunners legend also singled out right-back Hector Bellerin and goalkeeper Bernd Leno for being at fault for City’s winner on Saturday.
“Arsenal have pressed them and they’ve played around the press very well,” said the former Arsenal captain.
“Hector Bellerin again, and the goalkeeper, I always look at it defensively.
“Man City were too good, they passed it around, he [Phil Foden] steps inside Hector too easy. The goalkeeper is pushing it into the danger zone, you’ve got to push it away out of the danger zone, and he’s [Sterling] had a tap-in, which is disappointing.”
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