Arsenal goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny, has thrown his support behind Arsenal's under-fire defenders.
The Polish international believes the defenders at Arsenal have come under unfair scrutiny, and that the Gunners back line shouldn't get as much criticism as they do.
The 22-year-old stopper believes it shouldn't just be the defenders that take the blame for goals conceded, rather the whole team should be held accountable for their defensive woes.
"Over a long time I've honestly had enough of people saying Arsenal's defence is not good enough," he told The Guardian.
"People judge defence on the back of goals conceded but you have to have a look at the defending in general.
"If my back four are completely exposed against Chelsea – most of the time in the first half there it was four of my defenders against six Chelsea players – they were disadvantaged all the time.
"You have to look at the defending of the whole team, the shape of the whole team. People blame the Arsenal defenders way too much over the past couple of seasons.
"I feel for them, massively. I try to help them as much as I can. I am happy to take the blame sometimes for a goal conceded if I felt I could do better. They've been hammered."
Szczesny accepts that Arsenal have made mistakes this season defensively, but believes the level of criticism that has been thrown their way is unjust.
"Of course sometimes people make mistakes but very often the Arsenal defenders have been criticised too much.
"It gets to public opinion and once people give you a label of a dodgy defender, whatever you do they look at you closely and there is always something they will find that you have done wrong. It's quite tough."
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