Wenger admits to concerns over Arsenal defence

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.

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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