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Rio Ferdinand rips into Arsenal’s defence
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand look on prior to the Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on April 23, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images,)

Rio Ferdinand rips into Arsenal’s defence

Rio Ferdinand has heavily criticised Arsenal’s dismal defending in their 3-2 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Gunners’ backline was completely disorganized as Pedro and Alvaro Morata fired Chelsea into a 2-0 lead at Stamford Bridge.

However, Arsenal restored parity before halftime through Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi, only for Marcos Alonso to snatch a late winner.

And former Manchester United Ferdinand stuck the boot in afterward as Unai Emery’s difficult start to life at the Emirates continued.

Rio Ferdinand rips into Arsenal's defence
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The former PSG boss had already lost his first game to defending champions Man City in his competitive debut as Arsenal boss.

“This is the story of the first half defensively for Arsenal. They do not track runners from midfield,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

“The back four do not identify runners from midfield and don’t shape up to be able to defend that.

“They’ve got no idea of where people are on the pitch.

“There’s disarray in the Arsenal backline, not only there but in the midfield as well.”

Unai Emery needs to fix his leaky defence ahead of the next clash against West Ham as they go in search for the first win of the campaign.

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