Defensive frailties worry Wenger

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he is worried about the Gunners defensive frailties.


The Frenchman was speaking ahead of the key clash with Manchester United at Emirates Stadium and said his back line must improve.


Wenger’s comments came in light of the defeat at Swansea City last Sunday and especially the third, decisive goal.


“You will never find a happy manager after a defeat like that,” he said in an interview with Arsenal Player.


“What was worrying was that while we were 1-0 up we had chances to score the second goal and then we gave goals away

“We thought we had stabilised the defensive sector but we have been vulnerable in recent games.


“When you come back to 2-2 and then 30 seconds later it is 3-2, it is very difficult to swallow.

“The team has been very disappointed but I cannot fault the effort. If we score two goals away from home we must be capable of coming away with a point at least.


“That is where we want to improve and come back to our defensive stability.”


Arsenal may be the first Barclays Premier League team to have half a defensive problem.


Wenger’s side boast the worst away record for goals conceded but also have the second best home record for goals conceded.


This could be put down to many things but it is, nevertheless, something that seems to be worrying the Gunners chief.


One reason for this poor defensive record is the substantial number of defenders missing through injury.


All four of Arsenal’s recognised full-backs are out with medium or long-term injuries, which has been given as a major factor in their problem with conceding goals away from home.


Centre-backs have been filling in for these injuries, but the loss of Thomas Vermaelen has further exposed this weekness – meaning young centre-half Ignasi Miquel has been forced to make his first team breakthrough out of position.

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