Former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell says Arsene Wenger’s men can’t afford to play how they did in the victory over Manchester City on a regular basis, the Mirror report.
The Gunners set out their stall at the Etihad Stadium in a defensive manner, a tactic rarely seen under Wenger and one which caught many by surprise.
Yet, it worked a treat as Francis Coquelin marshalled in front of the back four superbly and allowed the North Londoners to spring quick, effective counterattacks – culminating in a remarkable 2-0 victory.
Their style of play and tactical awareness drew huge plaudits from observers around the world, yet Campbell remained sceptical in his analysis.
While the performance was clearly one to take note of, Campbell believes that the result may influence Wenger’s men to adopt such a style in the future and doubts its longevity.
“The win at City was good and Sanchez is a very good player. But the whole of our team were very good, if not world-class, players. This current Arsenal side need to grow as a team and show their potential,” he explained.
“I want them to go for it more, to push and push all the way right from the start of the game. They are strong in attack, but not as strong in defence. The way they played against City, they can’t play like that all the time.
“They had 35 per cent possession, which, I think, is their lowest in a match since OPTA statistics began. They won the game, and credit to them, but they were pinned back so much.”
The Gunners followed up their success against the Citizens with another excellent victory, dispatching Premier League strugglers Aston Villa 5-0.
Such results have prompted talk of a renewed title bid this season, but Campbell believes the crown is out of reach, though he did allude to a possible FA Cup triumph in May.
“They have hit some form recently and can maybe win the FA Cup again,” he added. “But, as far as I am concerned, the title is out of reach.”