Former Arsenal forward Robin van Persie believes Mikel Arteta needs to focus on defending set shots after the Gunners conceded another soft goal in their FA Cup win against Sheffield United.
Although they climbed into the semifinals with a 91st minute winner from Dani Ceballos, Arsenal the shaking air behind the corners and free kicks all afternoon, and the equalization of the Blades came from a long throw that was scrambled by David McGoldrick.
The South Yorkshire side also had two goals rejected by VAR that came from set pieces, and Van Persie seemed concerned about the problem during his half-time conversation with BT Sport, saying it could prevent the Gunners from compete for major honors in the future. .
“They can hurt Arsenal on set kicks, corners, free kicks, as you can see,” he said.
“He (the first goal denied) was clearly offside but if you want to hurt Arsenal somewhere, now’s the time to do it, now is the time. Arsenal are still vulnerable on set kicks. We have them talked about four or five months ago.
“If they want to compete for trophies, they have to settle this. They have to find a way to run with their man. You have to follow your man or protect your area, and they still don’t.”
Even though Arsenal won the match, Van Persie doubled his point of view full time, adding: “What I believe is very important for Arsenal and for Mikel is that they find a way to fix the shots. foot stopped against them.
“You correct this with mental strength. It’s like when I played with you (Rio Ferdinand) and Vida (Nemanja Vidic), you would die to save the ball. You would put your head first, you would do everything to block the ball . “
“This mentality is necessary to compete for the trophies, and to be honest, I don’t really see that now and it’s not new, we already talked about it and it was even a problem during my stay there.
“You have to find defenders who want to do anything to block this ball. They should try to find these types of defenders.
“I’m not saying these guys are bad, but there is another level if you want to win trophies.”