Vidic claims Arsenal are lucky to be in sixth places

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 16/04/2018

Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic insisted that Arsenal are lucky to even be in the top seven of the Premier League table and with the prospect of Europa League football again next season given their appalling defensive record.

Newcastle United came from a goal down on Sunday to defeat Arsenal 2-1 at Saint James Park which sees Gunners have now lost five successive away games in the league and have not picked up three points on the road since the turn of the year.

North London outfit have now conceded a total of 45 goals this season, 16 more than Burnley, who are two points behind them in the league, and only one fewer than 17th-placed Swansea City.

However, the 36-year-old ex-Serbia international says that with a record like that Arsenal are lucky to be sixth places and admit that they could challenge for the league title if they improved their defenses stability 

"They have to learn to defend,” Vidic said on Sky Sports.

"For me, now when Arsenal go to the pre-season they can't think about scoring goals, they are going to think can we have a clean sheet please because that's what they have to learn.

"To defend, that is the key if they want to challenge for the title because I think in the end they will score 70 goals in a season but they will concede 40, last two seasons they have conceded 44, 45 or 50 I think they concede.

"For a team that's in the top six, seven to concede that many goals I think they are doing well to be in that position.

"I think communication is key, I think sometimes if you say to the player ‘I will attack the ball’ and the other says ‘I will cover’, it is simple communication. Everyone was watching what the other player is going to do, no one is saying ‘I will go forward or I will go behind’.

"It's what I did all my career with Rio (Ferdinand), Patrice (Evra) and other players, we always had communication with each other. It's not just ‘okay we are going to wait to see what happens’, we were communicating all the time through the game.”

Arsenal still have trips to Manchester United, Leicester and Huddersfield to take in domestically this season.

They also have a two-legged Europa League semi-final with Atletico Madrid to come, with the return date of that encounter set to take them to the Spanish capital on May 3.