Lee Dixon challenges Freddie Ljungberg to help Arsenal cut out repetitive mistakes.
Arsenal fell to yet another defeat on their last league fixture despite being under the stewardship of another manager.
The Gunners are now winless in eight competitive games and there seems to be no end in sight to this run of poor form.
Their 2-1 defeat was Freddie Ljungberg’s second game in charge and the Swede hasn’t won any of those matches, but Lee Dixon believes that the team are repeating their mistakes.
Speaking in the Amazon studio after the game as quoted by the Express, he challenged Freddie Ljungberg to sit back and have a look at how the team keeps repeating the same mistake and help them fix it.
Dixon claims that it is okay to make mistakes, but repeating the same mistakes in different matches doesn’t speak well of the team and he thinks they have to fix that problem.
“What’s really upsetting and it has been all season and from the end of last season to this season is that it’s fine if you make mistakes, but if you make a mistake one week and then you go and make the same mistake as a team and also individuals.
“There’s players out there who are doing exactly the same as they were at the end of last season.
“As a coach and somebody who is looking on at that, Emery couldn’t fix it.
“Freddie has now got a massive job to look at that and think ‘how did they have that much space in the midfield and get to our back four?’
“He said he watched the game at Norwich the other day and watched it twice, so I’m saying to Freddie, you’ve not got to work that out on the training pitch.
“The players have got to take responsibility, [Granit] Xhaka has got to say ‘I’m going to fill gaps.’
“We said before the game if they fill gaps tonight Arsenal and stop running out of position, the front four or five they have will beat most teams.
“You don’t have to run around like that, just be compact and organised.”
It really is the basics that the players are getting wrong, time and time again. It is not rocket science but for some reason, most of the players just cannot grasp the fundamentals of their job.
The bottom line is that it is hard to argue with the points that Dixon has made ghere.