Tony Adams identifies one major problem with Unai Emery’s Arsenal starting XI vs Leicester

Arsenal need a win to keep pace with Leicester in the race for the top four
Arsenal need a win to keep pace with Leicester in the race for the top four (Picture: Getty)

Tony Adams was pleased to see Unai Emery revert to a back five for a must-win Premier League match against Leicester but identified the selection of Rob Holding is a potential problem.

Emery, whose side currently trail the Foxes by six points heading into a fixture the Arsenal manager described as a must-win game, deployed a back five for the first time this season during the midweek draw against Vitoria in midweek.

The under-fire Spaniard made 10 changes to the starting XI but deployed the same system with David Luiz flanked by Holding and Calum Chambers.

Holding has struggled to recapture his best form since returning to the side following almost a year out with a cruciate knee ligament injury and Adams feared for the Englishman up against the in-form Jamie Vardy.

He told Sky Sports: ‘I like the team the way he’s set up today apart from Holding.

‘They’re playing a back three and hopefully the clouds will lift today and we’ll have a great defensive performance.

‘George Graham used to say if you haven’t got two good ones then play three.

‘This lot may need four or five to be honest but I think it suits these guys’

‘They are having problems in that department but I think the two holding players, Torreira and Guendouzi, are good and it’s a better set-up today.

‘You always defend as a team but this system is best suited to this squad of players apart from Holding.’

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