By Bob McNab
I saw the game against Liverpool… I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about the make-up of the team. I felt we missed Alex Song because we need that defensive midfield player in there. We had a much more creative team than I thought we might play at an away game.
Giving up a late equalizer was sort of our MO last year, and only giving up one goal at Liverpool wasn’t bad. I thought Liverpool were charged up. They don’t seem to quite have the balance right, but they were much more aggressive than they had been last season. By the end of the day it was a good result.
We had a fair few young players on the field against Liverpool and I’m afraid living here means I don’t get to see enough of them.
Wilshere looks as though he’s got a very, very good football brain, but whether he’s physically big enough for that role, I don’t know. He’s a very good footballer, there’s no question about his ability. Gibbs, I’ve seen a couple of times, he’s a young boy, and he can challenge Clichy for that role.
I think Gibbs is very similar to Clichy. He still needs to improve his defensive work and he’s predominantly left-footed, just like Clichy. I’m not the biggest fan of one-footed fullbacks though because 90% of the field is on your inside.
Bob McNab was a fixture in Arsenal's back-four from 1966-1975. In all, he made in 365 appearances for the Gunners, only three of those as a substitute. He was speaking to Kevin Mooney.Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 20 Aug 2010