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Winterburn says he sees familiar problems at Arsenal

Nigel Winterburn, Arsenal, Premier League
1 Aug 1999: Dwight Yorke of Manchester United in action against Nigel Winterburn of Arsenal during the FA Charity Shield match against Arsenal played at Wembley Stadium in London, England. The match finished in a 2-1 victory to the Arsenal. Mandatory Credit: Stu Forster /Allsport

According to former Gunners defender Nigel Winterburn, the team’s manager needs to “find a solution very quickly” as he believes the Spaniard is out of excuses.

English defender Nigel Winterburn played for Arsenal from 1987 to 2000.

And now he sees familiar problems with the current way the Gunners are playing.

“I said last season that this would be the season to judge Unai Emery,” he told Goal.

“Last season he had a lack of funds. He had a group of players that needed to be changed, and it wasn’t really his team.”

“Now we’re seeing a lot more players that he’s brought into the team. He’s got to find a way for Arsenal to be competitive, particularly at home, because their away form is nowhere near good enough,” he commented.

“He’s got to find a formation and a system that isn’t going to give so many chances away.”

“I thought he was very, very bold [against Watford] to play [Mesut] Ozil and [Dani] Ceballos in the same team, and that’s where Watford exposed them. It was too easy to play through Arsenal and get at their back four,” he added.

“I’m not sure at this moment in time when I’m watching that there’s too much communication between the defense and the midfield.”

“Emery needs to find a solution very quickly because you can’t keep conceding two or three goals and hope to win games,” he concluded.