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Wenger admits to concerns over Arsenal defence

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By Andrew Tuft

Tuesday 02 October 2012

Arsene Wenger has called on his defence to return to their high standards of earlier in the season, Yahoo Sports has reported, after Arsenal conceded two soft goals against Chelsea in the Premier League over the weekend.

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal have only conceded four goals in six league games - the joint-second best defensive record in the division, tied with Sunderland but trailing Chelsea - yet Wenger was concerned by what he saw against Roberto Di Matteo’s side.

The Gunners’ backline was twice breached via a Juan Mata set-piece, with Fernando Torres innovatively hooking the ball past goalkeeper Vito Mannone for the first goal and Laurent Koscielny putting the ball beyond Mannone for the second.

Wenger tinkered with his back four to play Chelsea, choosing to drop Germany international Per Mertesacker in favour of a partnership between Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen. Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs continued at right-back and left-back respectively.

The manager said: “Defensively we were just not at the level you have to be in. For the rest, we have shown quality and spirit but we have to show more personality and authority on the goals we conceded.

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By nicky on 02 October 2012 at 09:50

We mustn't get too paranoid over the odd mistake by our back division. No defence will never be perfect or else there would be inevitable 0-0 results. Jenkinson is a legend in the making but is still learning his trade. Mertesacker has just started only his second year in the EPL. Both Kosielny AND Vermaelen have entered the odd "poor mistakes" situation but will soon come out of it. And Gibbs is like Jenkinson. We started the season well in defence and we do not become poor defenders overnight. All will come right.

By Sir Cecil on 02 October 2012 at 09:24

He says: “Defensively we were just not at the level you have to be in". So how many more years does he want to get his team to the level he requires? He's the manager. Does he need another few weeks? Or a few more seasons? He said the same thing after games last season. And the season before that. And the one before that. If the team is not at the required level after years and years of building with no trophies, then neither is Wenger.





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