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Ex-Tottenham striker Darren Bent explains why Arsenal are “turning into Everton”

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Unai Emery’s side surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Watford (opens in new tab) on Sunday, leaving the Gunners in seventh place after five rounds of action.

And former England international Bent, who represented Arsenal’s (opens in new tab) north London rivals Spurs (opens in new tab) from 2007-09, thinks the Emirates Stadium side won’t get anywhere until they plug the gaps at the back.

“They’re playing more like four individuals than they are as a collective unit,” he told Football Insider (opens in new tab), of the Gunners' back four.

“They’re just not working in tandem, they’re all over the place. You’ve got some that are trying to play offsides, you’ve got ones that aren’t attacking crosses, one will try win the header, the other’s not covering.

“You can’t be exciting going forward and concede as many goals as they do because you’re going to get nowhere.

“They’re going to turn into Everton. What they’ve got over Everton is that they can score more goals than Everton so it gets them out of jail. They can’t be shipping goals left, right and centre.” 

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.