Arsenal’s defensive record has not been the best so far this season, with the Gunners failing to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League since their 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough. There are a number of reasons which could explain the poor defensive show, many of which have already been discussed, but one change I think Arsene Wenger has to make is at left back.
When Arsene Wenger gave us the latest Arsenal injury update the other day, there was a lot of concern that our annual bad luck was coming back to cause us problems at the worst possible time, with the first north London derby of the season coming on Sunday.
Maybe it is because we are so used to Arsenal being plagued by injury problems year after year that it seems normal, but it does seem a bit odd that a lot of the talk in the football media in the build up to the north London derby this weekend is about the injury problems facing the Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.
His latest chance to impress Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal fans may have come about due to the supposedly minor muscle injury picked up by the usual first choice left back Nacho Monreal, but I think that Kieran Gibbs was already knocking on the door and so his impressive performance in the 4-1 win at Sunderland may well see the Spanish defender lose his place in the side for a while.
With the Gunners facing what is supposed to be the whipping boys of Champions League group A this evening and the match being at home, most Arsenal fans will be expecting a reasonably comfortable Arsenal victory over Ludogorets Razgrad.
A couple of Arsenal stars were in action yesterday in World Cup qualifying matches, while on-loan Joel Campbell appeared for Costa Rica in a friendly match.
In some ways the Arsenal left back Kieran Gibbs has had a bit of luck this week, with the injury to the Southampton star Ryan Bertrand leading to a rare international call up by the new England manager Gareth Southgate, as reported on the Arsenal website.
Hector Bellerin had to be subbed off during a qualifier for the Spain Under-21 side last week, and Arsenal had feared the worst about a potential ankle injury.
The right-back has been dropped back down to the Under-21 side after a campaign with the senior side at the European Championships, but was unable to complete the full 90 minutes against San Marino on Wednesday unfortunately.