Published On: Tue, Sep 3rd, 2019

Arsenal news: Sol Campbell reveals one ‘big’ issue with Gunners defence after Spurs draw | Football | Sport

Arsenal’s lack of pace in defence is “a big thing”, according to former centre-back Sol Campbell as he analysed the weaknesses of his old club’s back four.

The Gunners have conceded five goals in their last two matches after a 2-2 north London derby draw with Tottenham on Sunday.

And their defending was questionable for both goals, as Bernd Leno and Granit Xhaka made individual errors with Sokratis Papastathopoulous and David Luiz also guilty of making poor decisions in the build-up to the game’s opening strike.

Arsenal showed heart to fight back and earn a 2-2 draw at home to their arch-rivals with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both scoring.

But their disappointing defending from the likes of David Luiz and Sokratis has caused Campbell some concerns.

Asked if there are more questions defensively than offensively at the Emirates after a discussion over the club’s front three, Campbell said: “Yeah course there is. 

“I think along the back, sometimes when you look at the [lack of] pace, obviously that’s a big thing.

“And too many gaps, from the right side and the left side, far too many gaps. For me anyway. 

“I need those gaps to be a little bit closed and not allowing people to make those spaces, [and] those runs and [then] having no-one in those spaces collecting the ball and attacking. 

“That has to be closed down.”

Asked about his side’s defensive balance against Spurs, Arsenal manager Unai Emery said: “We played a lot with our heart. 

“In the first half, the first goal is conceded because we were working with two players on Harry Kane. He can flick it on. 

“It’s the same with one player or two. We need to have the cover. 

“The second half, we did that perfectly. In the first half, that action on the first goal meant we didn’t control our heart. 

“We worked that action with our heart and they made us pay for that action to score. 

“The second goal is maybe the frustration from the first goal. The penalty… We need to also be clever in our box. 

“There are more positives than negatives in 90 minutes. 

“I am going to be optimistic and also I am very proud of the work, of our players. We will take those mistakes and improve.”

Arsenal return to action after the international break away at Watford (Sunday 15 September, 4.30pm).

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