Arsenal must continue to improve

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I've seen some fantastic moments as an Arsenal fan at the Emirates Stadium. The 5-2 comeback against Spurs, Thierry Henry's second debut and 'that' Jakc Wilshere goal last weekend to name just a few. But here is why the North London club must be careful and must keep improving.

If you speak to any Arsenal fan about the match against Norwich City on Saturday, they will first comment on the fantastic goals scored by our two best British players.

After that, however, they will tell you with distinct relief how lucky Arsenal were to have come out of the game with three points.

The truth is that, despite moments of greatness last Saturday, the Gunners were fortunate. At times, Arsenal looked disjointed as a defensive unit and unsure of their roles, subsequently reluctant to press and scared to take the defensive initiative.

Wenger's men were lucky to pay for their negligence with only one goal.Thankfully for fans, Arsenal managed to capitalise on the counter as the Canaries were forced to throw men forward.

Some fans may say that Arsenal's defensive frailty on Saturday can be put down to the early departure of fan favourite Mathieu Flamini. However, Arsenal managed to produce the second best defence in the Premier League last season without the Frenchman, so there is no excuse this year. 

The main reason for caution is that this apparent defensive frailty has been present many times  throughout the season already.The Gunners have conceded a whopping nine goals in eight Premier League matches so far. Southampton, by contrast, have only conceded three.

Despite some great work from the affectionately nicknamed 'Gattuso', Flamini and the electric form of Wojciech Szczesny, Arsenal are still far down the league on their defensive record. 

I must, though, make it clear that of course the only part of the table that really matters is the points tally. In that respect, the Gunners are doing fantastically.  

It is also particularly positive that Arsenal are now able to play relatively poorly (at certain times) and still consistently grab the victory - the trait which often defines title-contenders.

Overall, I am of course delighted with the Gunners' start. It is, however, only early in the season and if Arsenal do not shape up defensively then they will be made to pay; especially against better opposition. 

Arsenal must keep improving. If they do, success will be theirs.

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