Arsene Wenger declared himself more pleased with the 4-3 win over Leicester than concerned by Arsenal’s defending, but says that the team can work to cut out the kind of goals they conceded on Friday night.
Two set-piece goals, and a mistake deep in our half which the visitors exploited well put our chances of winning the game in danger, but in the end goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud saw us take three points on the opening day for only the second time in the last eight seasons.
Afterwards, the Arsenal manager was asked about defensive concerns, but seemed more relieved his attackers had bailed the team out.
“Well if you were a manager you would have been on the bench when you are 3-2 down with 20 minutes to go and you win 4-3, you are more happy than concerned,” he said.
“I feel as well the goals we conceded we can work to get rid of. Because one was a corner, one was a ball that we lost in the build up and the third goal was on a corner again.
“So we conceded two goals on corners. We were quite good last year on corners and I believe overall that with a bit of work we can get that out of our system.”
It might also help if we actually had some central defenders to use in the back three, as we went into this game without Mertesacker, Koscielny, Chambers, Gabriel and only had Mustafi on the bench.