Exclusive – Arsenal MUST be more disciplined in defence, says Gunners legend

first_imgArsenal legend Nigel Winterburn has called for the struggling Gunners to be more disciplined in defence, after they were forced to come from behind to draw 2-2 with Hull on Saturday.Arsene Wenger’s men have only recorded two wins from their opening eight games of the Premier League season, with their inability to hold onto a lead seeing the Gunners slip to five draws.A long list of absences hasn’t helped their current hit-and-miss form, with injured first-choice duo Mathieu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny leaving Wenger desperately short at the back.The Frenchman was forced to make two changes in his back-four against the Tigers, with full-back Nacho Monreal deployed in central defence and 19-year-old Hector Bellerin making his Premier League debut.And while former defender Winterburn admits it’s a situation a club as big as Arsenal should have never found themselves in, having failed to sign a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen in the summer, he insists the current stars must step up to turn around their poor start.“They’ve got to be more disciplined at the back, that’s for sure,” he told Stan on Call Collymore.“They’ve been caught short defensively with the injuries to Mathieu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny, which have left Arsene Wenger very short in that department“Arsenal haven’t got that stable team at the moment, they aren’t able to hit anywhere near their best form and I would think Arsene Wenger is feeling very frustrated about recent performances and the team’s lack of ability to kill off the game when they’re in winning positions.“They don’t have any defensive cover at the moment – Monreal isn’t a centre-half, he’s a left-back – and for a club like Arsenal they probably shouldn’t have been left in that position.”last_img