Nigel Winterburn’s damning verdict on our defence by NS
Tonight, I had the pleasure of Nigel Winterburn answering my email on TV. I am most proud. Basically, it was about our defence. I asked him to make a comeback for the Bayern game. Earlier in the show, Nigel made some brilliant points.
He said that the big problem with our defence is that BOTH full backs go forward at the same time. He said that you leave yourself wide open when you lose possession and he is correct. He also said that both our centre halves drop off, and most teams play against Arsenal with one striker.
What happens is they give space to the attacker (Sturridge in the game I’ve just watched again) to turn around and run at them. Our full backs leave space by being too far forward and it quickly becomes a 2 vs 2 or worse. He said that YOU MUST have one CB dropping off and one pressing and that the CB’s should be doing this. I got the feeling that Nige was annoyed with these basic errors.
Regarding the full backs, he said that if the play develops down the left, the right back must drop back and vice-versa. When the play transfers to the other side, the full back on the other side of play should drop back. He said leaving two defenders exposed AT ANY TIME during open play is asking for trouble.
I watched the game again, with this in mind.
He is so right!
How can Wenger/Bould (he may have no say to be fair) not see this?
LET”S GET THE BASICS RIGHT!