By Amir Mir
Lee Dixon has described Arsenal’s tactics off the ball as “absolutely shocking” and stated it has been a problem for many years.
ITV Pundit Dixon slammed his former side for their opening Champions League performance at Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night, which they drew 1-1.
The former defender was critical of the Gunners for not pressing the opposition even though Alexis Sanchez secured a creditable point for his team when he cancelled out Edinson Cavani’s first-minute goal in the 80th minute.
“It’s totally a balance thing for me,” Dixon told ITV as quoted by the Daily Mail. “With the ball we’re brilliant, but without it absolutely shocking, they don’t know what they’re doing. There’s problems without the ball, it’s been like this for years now.
“(In the) 80th minute, they’ve just got back in the game, they’re not pressing. Cavani should score another goal. (They were) great with the ball, great point, well done, but that can’t go on.”
Arsene Wenger’s side were 1-0 down in Paris within 42 seconds when Uruguay striker Cavani glanced home from a Serge Aurier cross.
Sanchez saved Wenger’s blushes by scuffing home an equaliser late on, despite Cavani missing a number of clear-cut chances for the Ligue 1 champions.
But Dixon was critical of Arsenal’s display by stating better teams will punish the north London club as the tournament progresses, if they don’t change their tactics off the ball.
“You cannot be that bad without the ball against teams like PSG,” said Dixon. “The other good teams in the tournament, because you will get beaten.”
Wenger’s side have failed to proceed past the last-16 stage of the Champions League during the last six seasons.
Arsenal will now entertain Swiss side Basel on September 28 as they look for their first win of the 2016/17 Champions League campaign.
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