Parlour concerned with Arsenal’s lack of creativity

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has expressed his concern at Arsenal’s lack of creativity after their 2-0 loss at home to Schalke in the Champion League last night.

Arsene Wenger’s side lost their first Champions League game at the Emirates since 2003 after goals from Klaas Jan-Huntelaar and Ibrahim Affelay ended their 100% start in Group B.

And Parlour believes Wenger needs to go back to basics in order to improve on what was a lacklustre performance.

He told TalkSport: “They need to create more chances. They should go back to basics.

“Arsenal over the years have created ten to 15 chances a match and often the problem has been them finishing those chances off.

“Against Schalke they didn’t have any chances whatsoever though. Their goalkeeper must have expected to be bombarded with shots but there was nothing.

“I’m not going to say there were loads of positives because there weren’t. It was a poor performance. The players will be the first to admit that.”

Parlour also wants the likes of Gervinho and Santi Carzorla to be more consistent but is still confident that Arsenal will qualify for the last 16.

“There was no creativity. Santi Carzorla has been quality all season but he had a quiet night down the flank,” he added.

“You never know what you’re going to get out of Gervinho, he could be an 8/10 or a 4/10.”

“They still should qualify. The 2-1 win against Montpellier away from home looks a massive result now.”

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