Five glaring issues that Arsenal should address as a matter of urgency.
Every Arsenal fan has their own opinion on what has gone wrong with the team over the last few years. However, I honestly do feel that the vast majority of us agree on what is missing from the Arsenal game.
Lack of intensity
We all saw the Liverpool v Man City game, we all saw the intensity, especially from the Reds and we all know that Arsenal simply does not have anywhere the same intensity when they play. Well, I hope we all agree on that.
No strong leader
The way the heads dropped as soon as Leicester City went ahead was shocking. Would Tony Adams have allowed that to happen? Would Patrick Vieira? In my opinion, no way. Arsenal needs a strong leader, Granit Xhaka was not that and neither is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
No style of play
We know the style of play of Man City as an example, they dominate possession with short passes and a high press, we even know what the style of play is from Sheff Utd which is the overload the midfield with a quick transition between defence and the forwards. But what is Arsenal’s? I simply do not know and that is being brutally honest.
How else can you explain the utter fear in the players? They are so scared of making a mistake it is palpable. No team with confidence plays like that. They want to be on the ball, they want to be in the centre of the action. Do you see that with this Arsenal team? I do not and for me, that is because their confidence is shattered.
One can argue that is down to formation or the manager but whatever the reason it is clear the team does not create anywhere near enough chances for the forwards. You would have thought with Mesut Ozil and Dani Ceballos in the team that this would not be an issue. But it clearly is.
There is probably more that can be highlighted but if Arsenal played a far more intense game, with a strong leader commanding them, with an identified style of play full of confidence, creating chances all over the place, then we would be far higher in the standings than what we are now. That is my opinion anyway.