Former Arsenal captain Graham Rix has explained in London24 that he will be concerned about the side’s defence until they produce the resilience they showed against Manchester City consistently.
Arsenal were superb in that Premier League win at the champions and Rix wants to see it mirrored across the Champions League and in other important games for the club.
“It is when we do not have the ball that I am concerned,” said Rix.
“We still need to show discipline and shape when we are not in possession.”
“Until we do that consistently (performance against City) I will continue to have concerns. We need to be organised because, at this level, you make mistakes and you will be punished.”
This week represents a good chance for Arsenal to get ahead in their tie against Monaco, which will give Arsenal more options looking ahead to the second game.
It’s a good chance for all areas of this Arsenal team to perform positively and gain some confidence ahead of more difficult tests.
Arsenal face a difficult game against Everton in the Premier League this weekend and if the back four performs well against Monaco, they’ll head into the game with a spring in their step.
The 2-0 win against Manchester City was the perfect performance from the Gunners.
They defended well, their defensive shape and line was good and they took their chances up front.
If they can repeat those three qualities in their next couple of games, they shouldn’t have any problems registering wins.