Arsenal threw a two goal lead away to arch rivals Tottenham at the Emirates on Saturday, with boss Arsene Wenger at a loss.
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Arsène Wenger admits that he is struggling to explain his side’s defensive frailties at the moment.
Arsenal conceded three second-half goals to lose to Tottenham at Emirates Stadium on Saturday. It was the third defeat in their last five Premier League games and, in the same spell, they have conceded eight goals.
Afterwards the Frenchman expressed his concern.
“We can switch off at the back,” he said. “We are not there. With five minutes to go you make sure you win your headers when you play at the back and we were caught unfortunately.
“We were 2-0 up and it was all in our hands. It’s a strange coincidence of facts that are very difficult to explain even when you are in the job as long as I am. But to completely lose the focus as much as we did and especially the second goal and third goal are very difficult.
“We wanted to keep the urgency and our defensive tightness alive [in the second half] but straight away when we came out [we conceded]. It’s not the first time that has happened and it is one of our weaknesses. Many times we come out and drop a little bit the urgency when we are ahead. We did not come out and be dominating.” (Arsenal Official Website)
Arsenal rarely fail to score goals, with their matches against Chelsea and Newcastle the only occasions when they have not managed to do so in the Premier League.
Instead, it is clear that the Gunners’ weakness is at the back.
Both Manchester United and Arsenal have scored as many goals as league leaders Chelsea – themselves in a poor run of form – but the two have conceded six more than the Blues each.
Indeed, if neither Arsenal or Manchester United threw away points from winning positions, they would be ahead of Chelsea in the title race.
Thomas Vermaelen’s absence hasn’t helped matters, but Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci are still acclimatising to the Premier League.
Arsene Wenger needs to sort out the defensive side of his team if they are to compete for the title, because Man Utd’s quiet accumulation of points is ominous indeed.
Chelsea are faltering, but we’re just not taking advantage.
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