Manchester United legend Nemanja Vidic has claimed that Arsenal defenders need to build an improved communication while they are in action.
The Gunners’ backline failed to stop Newcastle’s second goal at St James’ Park as Arsene Wenger side suffered a 2-1 defeat on Sunday afternoon.
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On 68th-minute, Arsenal conceded the second goal after failing to stop Matt Ritchie, who perforated the wall of six players in their own half.
Therefore, former United centre-back Vidic, who analysed the goal in the Sky Sports studios after the game, has revealed that Gunners defenders need more communication.
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“I think there is a lack of communication, they are watching the ball and not reacting. There are six players against three and there is no communication about who is going to go and attack the ball, who is going to cover,” he said on Super Sunday.
“It seems like in this situation, it is definitely organisation, and I can’t say a lack of desire because I saw them in the first 20 minutes and they were really attacking and aggressive.”
“I think communication is the key. Everyone is watching what the other player is going to do, no one is saying ‘you attack, I’ll go behind’.”
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“I did that my whole career with Rio [Ferdinand], Patrice [Evra] and players I played with, we always had a communication between us. It’s wasn’t just us waiting to see what was going to happen, we communicated all the time throughout the game.”
“They have to defend. For me, when Arsenal get to pre-season, they don’t have to think about scoring goals, they need to think about keeping a clean sheet because that is what they have to learn – to defend.”
“That’s the key if they want to challenge for the title because I think in the end, they will score 70 goals a season but they will concede 40. For a team who is in the top seven who concede that many goals, I think they are doing well to be in that position.”
Arsenal are the only club in England’s top five divisions without an away point in 2018. ❌
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The North-Londoners remain sixth in the Premier League table with 13 points behind fourth-placed as well as the Champions League spot.