Every single Arsenal fan and their dogs know that the Gunners defence is rubbish. Arsene Wenger blames all of our away defeats on avoidable defensive errors, and even Petr Cech admitted this week that we have made mistakes in nearly all our away games. Admittedly we still need to score more, but the big keeper said: “…I think the second goal kind of sums up our away season. We collectively made a number of mistakes at the same time which led to their goal, and we devalued our work during the game with a situation like that. I think that it’s happened more frequently than normal over the course of the season, and it’s obviously cost us our position in the league table.”
But when an “expert” tells us we need more defensive training then it is suddenly news. Mark Vidic said: “I think for me, Arsenal, when they get to pre-season they think about scoring goals.
“They have to go and say ‘we’re going to have a clean sheet’ in pre-season because that’s what they have to learn.
“To defend – and that’s the key if they want to challenge for the title.
“I think in the end they will score 70 goals a season, but they will concede 40.
“The last two seasons they’ve conceded 44 and today 45.
“For a team that is in the top seven, to concede that many goals, I think they are playing well to be in that position.”
A team in the Top Seven? Is that our level now? But apart from that, why do experts think they are telling us anything we don’t already know, and what we ourselves have been saying for quite a few years. We all know it, but it seems Wenger prefers to spend money on midfielders and attackers and very rarely on defenders….