Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon has claimed that Arsene Wenger is unable to fix the problems at the club, stating that he has created a defence without a clue.
Dixon worked under the French boss between 1996 and 2002, although he was expected to be offloaded shortly after Wenger’s arrival, but he earned the right to be in his plans.
The ex right-back has now turned on his former coach, claiming he has left his defence without any idea on their roles.
“I honestly think they’re unfixable under Arsene,” Dixon said.
“What he’s got there is he’s created an environment which the players don’t really know what they’re doing without the ball.
“It’s quite simple – when I watch them I think ‘they could beat anyone on their day going forward, but they could lose to anyone defensively’. That summed it up at the weekend against City.
“The [Alexandre] Lacazette thing is another issue, as to why he’s not playing, but you play [Alexis] Sanchez up front, who is a chaser of the ball; if he loses the ball then he’ll chase to win it back.
“If you’ve got that, as a manager, you have to have the players to go and back that up, and he didn’t have that. He hasn’t got that because they don’t know how to do that on a regular basis – they are not a pressing side.
“They do it now and again – they did it against Chelsea, they got it right against Chelsea in the cup final and in the league, and you think ‘wow, they’re back’. And then the fall again like they did against Watford, and then you see them trying to press Man City, one of the best passing sides in the league. How is that allowed to happen?
“If you’re not a pressing side, then you have to press for months and years at a time in order to get it right, it’s really difficult. It’s not just a case of ‘you all just rush to the ball’.
“They have to be triggers, and you need to know when to press – which is just as hard as knowing when not to press if you’re a pressing side, because sometimes you have to unpress, if you like, and just sit where you are. Just running willy-nilly at the ball is a disaster, especially against City.”
Has Wenger lost the ability to organise a solid defence? Has the manager gone past the point of no return with his squad?