Premier League legend Rio Ferdinand blasted Arsenal’s backline after their embarrassing display in yesterday’s 3-2 defeat to Chelsea.
The Arsenal defence seemed to crumble at every possible opportunity during Saturday’s affair, with the Gunners’ backline being nowhere to be seen when Pedro and Alvaro Morata fired Chelsea into a 2-0 lead.
Ferdinand gave this scathing view on Arsenal’s defence whilst covering the match for BT Sport, something that was picked up on and reported by Mirror:
“The back four do not identify runners from midfield and don’t shape up to be able to defend that.
“They’ve got no idea of where people are on the pitch. There’s disarray in the Arsenal backline, not only there but in the midfield as well.”
Ferdinand definitely has a point here, as stars like Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis often looked clueless whenever on the ball, or whenever Chelsea went forward.
The foundation of Arsenal’s defensive problems seems to stem from the team’s lack of desire and passion to win the ball back.
New manager Unai Emery will need to overhaul the Gunners’ approach to defending if he has any chance of rebuilding the club and coming close to reverting the north London side back to their former glory.