Following Frank McLintock’s bashing of Arsenal’s first-half display against Paris Saint-Germain, another former Gunner has added to the criticism directed at Arsene Wenger’s men.
David Ospina was called into action on several occasions with Edison Cavani spurning a number of goal-scoring opportunities as PSG were held to a 1-1 draw by Arsenal despite dominating the affair on Tuesday night.
Arsenal’s performance at Parc des Princes was nearly a repeat of the one which saw them lose 2-0 to Dortmund two years ago at the same stage of the Champions League.
And Lee Dixon, who once played under Wenger, insists his old club’s trip to France was one to forget.
“It’s totally a balance thing for me,” Dixon told ITV. “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.
“You cannot be that bad without the ball against teams like PSG, the other good teams in the tournament, because you will get beaten.”
Dixon went on to question the look of Wenger’s starting line-up and the decision to start only one natural defensive midfielder in Francis Coquelin.
“You have to look at the team selection. Cazorla, yeah he will create something, but you’re playing at PSG and you’re going to be under the cosh a bit,” he added.