Mikel Arteta urged to make Arsenal formation change by club legend Tony Adams

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Tony Adams has urged Mikel Arteta to change Arsenal's formation following their defeat to Manchester City.

And the Gunners legend criticised Hector Bellerin's defensive performance at the Etihad, where Arsenal were beaten 1-0 in Saturday's Premier League clash.

Arteta has preferred to use a 3-4-3 formation as he tried to stop his side leaking goals.

But Adams said now that midfielder Thomas Partey has arrived at the Emirates, it's time for the manager to decide on a central defensive partner for Gabriel and revert to playing with a back four.

"I think it’s time for a back four. I’ve been saying it since the start of the season," the former Gunners captain told Premier League Productions.

"It wins you cup games, it doesn’t win you league titles – if he wants to build for the future.

"I think he’s got problems with Hector – I think his defending today wasn’t very good at all.

"But I’d like him to go to a back four. They’ve got Gabriel now, get him a partnership.

"They’ve been unlucky at the start with Holding going down but get them into a back four.

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"They look like they’ve a holding midfielder now who’s got a bit of presence and build for the future."

Adams said Bellerin and Bernd Leno were at fault for the goal, saying it was too easy for Sterling, and for Foden whose shot was palmed away by the goalkeeper into his team-mate's path.

"Arsenal have pressed them and they’ve played around the press very well," said the former England defender.

"Hector Bellerin again, and the goalkeeper, I always look at it defensively.

"Man City were too good, they passed it around – he [Foden] steps inside Hector too easy.

"The goalkeeper is pushing it into the danger zone. You’ve got to push it away out of the danger zone, and he’s [Sterling] had a tap-in, which is disappointing."

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