Paul Merson tips Unai Emery to play a three-man defence with David Luiz at Arsenal

first_imgDavid Luiz is set to become a key part of Arsenal’s defence (AMA/Getty Images)Paul Merson believes Unai Emery is working towards playing a three-man defence at Arsenal following the arrivals of David Luiz and Kieran Tierney.Luiz was a surprise signing from Chelsea on deadline day, while the Gunners also strengthened their left-back by landing Tierney from Celtic in a £25 million deal.Tierney is currently injured while Luiz was an unused substitute in Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Sunday.But Merson believes both players will eventually become a key part of Emery’s system at Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENT‘When you’re looking at them and you’re naming them players, I wouldn’t be surprised if he started going to a three at the back,’ Merson said on Sky Sports’ ‘The Debate’ show. Advertisement Comment Paul Merson tips Unai Emery to play a three-man defence with David Luiz at Arsenal Kieran Tierney joined Arsenal in a £25m deal from Celtic (Getty Images)‘Play them two and David Luiz in the middle of them.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He can come out and play, you’ve got Tierney playing as one wing-back.‘I think it suits all of the defenders.‘If you have three centre-halves playing there it gives all of them something to fall back on.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘If Tierney can get forward he can play, so he’ll want to get forward.‘They’ll want to bomb forward down the other side and they can score goals.‘I’m looking forward to Arsenal this season. I was quite impressed [against Newcastle], I was quite impressed.‘It was a hard game, going to Newcastle, first game of the season, a couple of new players.‘For me it was comfortable and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang what a goal, what a goal.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 13 Aug 2019 10:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal held 2-2 by Man City as Wenger’s troubles persist

first_img(REUTERS)-Arsenal twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Manchester City in a tense Premier League encounter on Sunday and stay seven points behind the fourth-placed visitors.Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero twice fired City into the lead in the first half, but Arsenal equalised through Theo Walcott before Shkodran Mustafi’s header after the break ensured the points were shared.Against a background of fan discontent over the form of Arsene Wenger’s side as he decides his future, Arsenal were nervy from the start.They fell behind in the fifth minute when Sane rounded keeper David Ospina and finished elegantly after Arsenal’s defence was dissected by a sublime through-ball from the excellent Kevin De Bruyne for his 13th assist of the season.City lost impetus after the goal and Walcott levelled from close range in the 40th minute after being played onside by Arsenal old boy Gael Clichy, who tried desperately to make amends after his former team mate was played in by Mustafi.“We didn’t play in the first half, after the goal we forgot to play,” Pep Guardiola told Sky Sports. “The desire went.“In the second half we played more. We suffered a lot in the first half because we didn’t make those passes together.”While the defensive frailties of both sides were regularly exposed, they also demonstrated their attacking brilliance in spells.Aguero restored City’s lead two minutes later after being picked out by David Silva before finishing with aplomb.Arsenal defender Mustafi again restored parity eight minutes after the break when he rose above Nicolas Otamendi to head Mesut Ozil’s corner past keeper Willy Caballero with City’s defence static.“The test was mental,” Wenger told Sky Sports. “We had to come back after half time and we got a point after a time that has been so stressful for us.”The draw takes City, who visit Chelsea on Wednesday, on to 58 points, five clear of fifth-placed Manchester United, who have a game in hand, and a point behind Liverpool, who have played a game more than Pep Guardiola’s side.Arsenal, in sixth, now have 51 points and are in danger of missing out on a top-four finish for the first time since 1996. They will bid to end a three-game winless streak in the Premier League when they host West Ham United on Wednesday.Pep Guardiola’s first season in England has not been an unqualified success, but he has succeeded in giving City one of the Premier League’s sleekest attacks, and Arsenal’s equaliser spurred the visitors back to life.last_img read more