Van Dijk ‘wouldn’t make much difference’ to Arsenal
Lee Dixon claims that even Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk couldn’t “make much difference” to the current Arsenal defence.
The Gunners conceded 12 more than any other top five Premier League side this season with 51 goals against to their 73 scored.
Former Arsenal defender Dixon was far from impressed with what he saw from Unai Emery’s men as they shipped four goals in their Europa League final defeat to Chelsea.
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And Dixon reckons it is about a change in “mentality” at the club rather than a change in personnel that will ultimately improve their leaky rearguard.
“One player, I’m telling you, you put [Virgil] van Dijk in that back four at the moment, the way that the team is set up without the ball it wouldn’t make much difference,” Dixon told BBC Radio Five Live.
“It’s about the mentality of changing that around, they’ve not been good without the ball for years now and that takes more than one player, it takes more than five minutes. It takes a lot of work and effort on the training pitch.”