Tony Adams
5 May 2001: Captain Tony Adams of Arsenal applauds the crowd as Arsenal qualify for next years Champions League after the match between Arsenal v Leeds United in the FA Carling Premiership at Highbury, London. Mandatory Credit: Mike Hewitt/ALLSPORT

Former Arsenal defender Tony Adams has pinpointed two defensive mistakes made by the club during their 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

The Gunners traveled to Old Trafford on the back of an unbeaten streak which has lasted more than 15 games across all competitions.

Unai Emery’s men took the lead twice through Shkodran Mustafi and an own-goal from United defender Marcos Rojo but defensive lapses which led to goals by Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard ensured the hosts got a share of the spoils.

Adams said, according to Mirror:

“The first mistake, they didn’t follow it in.”

“It is something you are taught as a defender, we used to say these things before a game – ‘make sure you follow the ball in’.”

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Adams continued: “The second is when you take the lead, and I used to do it regularly as a captain but Ramsey is off the pitch.”

Someone has to go ‘come on, let’s concentrate, next five minutes, let’s be solid.

“The ball comes in, Sokratis is rolled and it is 2-2.”

The Gunners legend was also critical of the team’s approach after going ahead for the second time.

He said: “Arsenal, with a bit of concentration when we went 2-1 up, should have seen it off and got all three points.”

“But it is 20 games now, they are gathering momentum and it is still a difficult place to come.”