Former Arsenal star Lee Dixon has pointed out unbalanced midfield as one of the reasons why the Gunners are not scoring enough goals this season.
According to him, Arsenal’s midfield needs a player like Chelsea’s Mason Mount who can push into the box and score goals.
“That is a huge, almost total reliance on one player to get you a goal,” he said, as quoted by Metro.
“No goals from anywhere else, although Lacazette has three in six he seems to have gone off the boil.
“No goals from midfield at all. No breaking midfield player that forces teams back like a Mason Mount or somebody running through the middle like that and breaking into the box.
“So, already the way that you can play with that, and I haven’t even mentioned the back four or five, then you’re limited in what you can achieve.
“You’ve got to chip away at those little things. Does he want those types of players? Where’s the creativity in midfield? A player like [Lyon star Houssem] Aouar would’ve been somebody that would’ve helped.”
Mount has been one of Chelsea’s standout players this season, especially since Chelsea manager Frank Lampard went back to last season’s default formation, 4-3-3.
The 21-year-old is also a key part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad and despite being criticised by fans, managers still value his talent as pointed out by his friend and West Ham star, Declan Rice.
“I have trained with him since I was a kid so I know his mentality and how hardworking and driven he is,” Rice said.
“It is no surprise that Gareth picks him and that Frank picks him, if you gave every Premier League manager the chance to pick him they would pick him as well because if you see day in, day out what he gives to the team and as an individual he is a top talent. Definitely I think the criticism is very harsh.”