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Arsenal are better but still “not right at the back”

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Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas admits while his old club has improved, they are still not right especially in defense.

Despite losing the opening two Premier League games back from lockdown, Arsenal has now won three on the bounce in the league.

Mikel Arteta’s team is showing some promise.

However, there are still signs of problems within the team especially at the back as far as club legend and now Sky pundit Charlies Nicholas is concerned.

Speaking to Sky Sports he is glad to see improvement but still thinks there is work to be done.

He said:

“Arsenal have formed a bit of momentum. It is still not right at the back but it is better.”

“Emiliano Martinez is playing well and Sead Kolasinac on the left side of a back three is keeping it balanced.”

“Kieran Tierney has been looking stronger and fitter. When Arsenal have wing backs, they can hit the byline and can be dangerous. It is where the danger is.”

“Dani Ceballos is unpredictable. He has lovely ability, energy, but he and Granit Xhaka are weak defensively. That is the reason why you have a back five. They are not holding as they cannot tackle but they can get on the ball.”

“The intent was there from Tierney for Bukayo Saka’s goal. Playing higher up the pitch can allow you to pin teams in. Cedric Soares deserves to be in the team too.”

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