Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that his defence needs to improve before they start their Premier League campaign on the August 17 against Aston Villa.
The Gunners looked good during their pre-season tour of Asia and they only managed to concede two goals in four games, but during the Emirates Cup, which took place this weekend, they conceded four goals in the two games.
Arsene Wenger's defence has been under a lot of scrutiny for a couple of years now, but it looked like they had finally improved when the parterneship of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker developed at the end of last season, however after two sloppy performances this weekend, Wenger is worried about the stability of his back-four.
On Saturday, Arsenal drew 2-2 with Italian side Napoli and then on Sunday, they lost 2-1 to Turkish side Galatasaray and the Frenchman knows that their defence needs to improve before the next fortnight.
“I felt we dropped our level in the second half,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “We had a very good first half where we controlled the game. In the second half we dropped dramatically, surprisingly as well for some players.
“We have seen some interesting things going forward in the two days. The bad thing is that we conceded goals in the two games. We have to show more defensive stability. We want to work on that. I feel we suffered a little bit physically in the second half.
“I believe that the practice in the two days was very important and very useful. Physically we are not far off. Two games in two days for some players was a bit too much.”
Wenger and his side will fly to Finland later in the week for their last pre-season friendly before they kick off the 2013/2014 season at home to Paul Lambert's Aston Villa.
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