Anfield 89 hero Michael Thomas believes that Arsenal’s defensive problems will prevent them finishing in the top four this season, but also that the solution is right under Arsene Wenger’s nose.
Speaking to Wearethenorthbank.com, Thomas said that legendary defender Steve Bould is the man to ensure that ’embarrassing’ mistakes don’t keep happening.
“You got a player that has been part of the best back four in Steve Bould”, he said, “who’s done a great job with the kids. He should be working with the first team defence. Schoolboy errors all the time. It’s so embarrassing, they’re meant to be international players.
“I like Gibbs but he’s still a young kid and I don’t think he’s a left back. He’s a left winger that Wenger has transformed from a left back as he did with Ashley Cole. But Cole had great defenders around him – Tony Adams, Lee Dixon, Keown, they taught him how to defend.
“That’s where Bouldy can work the back four and work them hard so it then comes natural”.
And Thomas believes these defensive issues will see Arsenal drop out of the top four for the first time in Arsene Wenger’s time at the club.
“Because of the defence I can’t see Arsenal finishing in the top four this season. They’ll always score goals but it’s the back door. That’s why we lost the league cup last season. If you leave the back door open, it’s goodnight. Unless they sort that defence out they’re not gonna win anything.
“Essentially he needs to sort that defence out”.
Meanwhile, with Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson both out injured, the manager says he has yet to decide who will play at right back against Stoke on Sunday.
“That’s what I have to sort out before the game and I have not decided. My options are Koscielny and Djourou.”