Tony Adams, Arsenal legend with 669 appearances, questions what Unai Emery has been doing in the past six weeks since he took over from Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal lost the season opener 0-2 to Manchester City in a game Adams says was ‘deflating and disappointing’.
The 51-year-old two time Premier League champion also questioned Emery fielding Cech ahead of new signing from Bayer Leverkusen, Bernd Leno.
He told talkSPORT: “It was the same kind of performance. I was a little bit deflated and disappointed.
“Coming from Arsene who always played open attacking football, I really wanted the new manager to come in there and tighten things up.
“For the last ten years now – [we’ve been] leaking goals, soft away from home.
“I wanted him to put his new goalkeeper in, work with his back four, have two screening central-midfield players, and keep a clean sheet. It was crying out for it. But I didn’t see that.
“I thought he got a lot of selections wrong. His three best players were his subs [Alexandre Lacazette, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Lucas Torreira]. I don’t know why he didn’t start with them.”
With the showing on Sunday, Adams does not believe Arsenal have any shot at the title – unless something changes.
“I can’t see it. I don’t know what he’s been doing for the last six weeks.
“He’s been rotating all of his players and giving them all a game. They’ve got some good results but it’s pre-season.
“From minute one, I would’ve picked my own goalkeeper, my back four and put the two lads in that I want to screen those, and get a firm base that’s been missing for the last ten years.
“You’ve had six weeks of pre-season – go on, get on with it!
“Arsenal fans up and down the country all want him to challenge for the title but at the moment we’re nowhere near.”
Arsenal’s next premiership game is away at Chelsea. The club will bank on star players like Mesut Ozil and a formidable back to keep the opponents from launching any spoiler.