Having watched his side concede the first goal in five of the last seven games Arsene Wenger admits that Arsenal must get their act together defensively if they’re to give themselves a proper chance of winning games.
While the Gunners have only conceded six times this season, the joint lowest in the Premier League alongside leaders Chelsea, the manner in which opponents have edged in front in recent games has been a major factor in stunting his side’s effectiveness.
“It’s now five times that we’re 1-0 down against Montpellier, against City, against Chelsea, against Norwich and against West Ham,” Wenger told press ahead of the game with Schalke.
“You win one time, two times, but one time you will lose because the team who is there to defend thinks, ‘Oh, now we’re in a strong position, now we can really continue to focus on defending.’
Reflecting on Saturday’s defeat at Carrow Road and the home loss to Chelsea, the boss continued:
“That’s what Norwich did. We’re guilty of conceding the goal in the way we did. Both games we have lost in the Premier League we have given away.
“In both we had more possession, more shots on goal and more chances. We have to be more efficient defensively than in these two games.”
Identifying the problem is one thing, solving it is another. Let’s hope a solution is found quickly…either that or the rest of the team had better get in the groove of scoring a bazillion goals in every game so we don’t have to worry our little heads about things like opposition strikers.