Arsenal may have the best defensive record in the Premier League at the moment, but having kept only one clean sheet in the last 11 games Arsene Wenger admits his side need to tighten up at the back.
Voicing concern at the way his side conceded four goals before half-time at Reading in the Carling Cup, the boss accepted hard work on the training ground does makes a difference, while also pinpointing a general rise in the quality of opposition attacking play as a reason for recent wild scorelines.
Speaking to the press this morning, the boss stated: “[It concerns me] a little bit – when you are 4-0 down in 37 minutes you can’t say all is well on that front!”
“You have to give credit as well to the offensive quality in the Premier League, and to the offensive quality of Reading the other night. It is not always about your weaknesses, it is about strengths as well.
“Last night the [Chelsea v Manchester United] game finished 5-4, but it could have been seven as well. Both teams had chances. I believe the offensive quality has improved a lot.
“It is not only down to work, we worked last year as well. People forget that last year we were the team with the least shots against us in the league.
“We have always worked defensively. It is not just because you don’t work that you concede goals.”
Arseblog News gets what Arsene is trying to say, but I’m not sure hiding behind the quality of opponents is going to cut the mustard on a week in, week out basis.
The fact remains all our players, not just those at the back, need to know their defensive duties like they do the back of their hand. They need to understand the importance of positioning, they need to know who they’re supposed to be marking and they need to show the necessary willingness to help each other when faced with danger. Do that and we stand a chance of improving…
It’s not like we’re asking Andre Santos to dress up like Gandalf this Saturday, pitch his staff in the Old Trafford turf and yell, “You Shall Not Pass” at the Dutch cunny…although we’d have no problem if he chose to do so.4,698 views