Lee Dixon has urged Arsenal’s players to ask Unai Emery to ‘change something’ following the club’s struggles so far this season.
Arsenal‘s defeat at Leicester before the international break extended the club’s winless run in the Premier League to four games, with the club having slipped eight points adrift of the division’s top four and facing the real possibility of missing out on Champions League football for a fourth consecutive season.
Familiar defensive flaws have once again been exposed within the North London side, and Dixon has pointed to the club’s lack of leadership within the squad, the former Gunners defender suggesting that the players should be approaching the manager to request a change of approach.
“From [having] a shot at one end to conceding a penalty at the other end in the space of 20 seconds – that cannot happen, that has to stop,” he told The Season So Far.
“Now that game was Watford – I could have done [Aston] Villa at home, I could have done Liverpool away when he played a narrow midfield and let the Liverpool full-backs run the game.
“I could have picked any number of games and done the same analysis and just overlaid it onto the pitch. It’s happening every week – that has to stop and the players have got to go ‘We don’t know what you’re doing gaffer, can we change it? Can we change something?’
“But there’s no leaders in that team, there’s no Patrick Vieira to go ‘boss can we change the system or something?’. Unai is banging the drum about how he wants to play and the players can’t do it.”
Arsenal will hope to return to winning ways when they host Southampton at the Emirates this weekend. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side travel to the capital on Saturday in poor form of their own, sitting in the Premier League’s bottom three having failed to win in any of their past seven league fixtures.