The Gunners had been crushed 1-Zero on the Etihad Stadium as Raheem Sterling’s first-half purpose was sufficient to safe victory for Pep Guardiola’s facet.
Arteta opted to begin with a 3-4-Three with David Luiz, Gabriel Magalhaes and Kieran Tierney taking part in in a three-man defence.
Bellerin, in the meantime, performed on the proper flank however hardly ever acquired the chance to press ahead as City dominated possession.
And Adams believes now could be the time for Arteta to determine on a centre-back associate for Gabriel and transfer to a conventional four-man defence.
‘I think it’s time for a again 4. I’ve been saying it for the reason that begin of the season,’ Adams advised Premier League Productions.
‘It wins you cup games, it doesn’t win you league titles. If he needs to construct for the longer term.
‘I think he’s acquired issues with Hector, I believe his defending right this moment wasn’t excellent in any respect.
‘But I’d like him to go to a again 4. They’ve acquired Gabriel now, get him a partnership.
‘They’ve been unfortunate at the beginning with Holding taking place however get them right into a again 4.
‘They look like they’ve a holding midfielder now who’s acquired a little bit of presence and construct for the longer term.’
Adams additionally believes Bellerin and goalkeeper Bernd Leno had been at fault for Sterling’s purpose within the 23rd minute.
‘Arsenal have pressed them and they’ve performed across the press very effectively,’ mentioned the previous Arsenal captain.
‘Hector Bellerin once more, and the goalkeeper, I at all times have a look at it defensively.
‘Man City were too good, they passed it around, he [Phil Foden] steps inside Hector too easy. The goalkeeper is pushing it into the danger zone, you’ve acquired to push it away out of the hazard zone, and he’s [Sterling] had a tap-in, which is disappointing.’
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