Wenger keeps faith in Arsenal backline

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Arsene Wenger has stated his belief that Arsenal’s defending is not their weakest point, putting doubt over whether the Frenchman will reinforce in the position this summer.

Much has been made of the Gunners defensive frailties over the past few seasons, with many pundits pointing to the team's backline as the main reason for their six-year trophy drought.

The North London club conceded 43 goals last term, ten more than rivals Chelsea and Manchester City and six more than champions Manchester United.

Wenger has constantly been linked with a move for Bolton’s central-defender Gary Cahill, but a move for the England international now looks less likely after Wenger gave a vote of confidence to his current crop.

He said: "I believe we have quality defenders. One is Thomas Vermaelen and he did not play last year.”

Wenger insists that the Gunners had one of the best defensive sides in the Barclays Premier League last season, but because of their attacking nature, often left the back four exposed.


He has highlighted the fact that his side conceded too many goals from set pieces, and has promised the team will be improving in that area specifically during pre-season.

"I don't think we are weak defensively, but we are an offensive team. Sometimes that exposes our defenders a bit more than other teams," continued the Frenchman, speaking during the club's pre-season tour of Asia.

"In open play, we were one of the better defences, but we conceded too many goals on set-pieces and that is where we want to improve this season."

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