Arsene Wenger has had a good look at his defensive options during Arsenal’s tour of Asia, and has admitted that the Gunners need to improve in that area.
“I think defensively we looked fragile…We hjave a lot of work to do as a unit to do much better.”
It’s not all bad, but Wenger has seen that many of the young players are not ready to play regularly in the Premier league for Arsenal. Wenger pointed out that it was important to give the likes of Ignasi Miquel and Craig Eastmond the chance to impress and also the chance to see what will be asked of them in the Premier league.
The Frenchman also reminded us that his three of Arsenal’s best defenders, Bacary Sagna, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker were left in London for various reasons, and will surely give us a stronger back line. This does not hide the fact that Arsenal need more cover and strength in the defense.
Many Arsenal fans think that a quality defensive midfielder could give the back line the protection that would help the whole team. Yann M’Vila or even Victor Wanyama from Celtic have been linked with Arsenal, but Wenger is lgiving nothing away about any signings.
Sagna will not be fit for the start of the season, so who will be the right back until he returns? Laurent Koscielny started his career as a right back but is, arguably, our best central defender. I am sure he could do the job, but we would miss him in the middle. He could be used in times of need, with Djourou and Mertesacker filling in his normal position.
Two players fighting for the position are Francis Coquelin and Carl Jenkinson. Jenkinson looks good going forward but is guilty of occasionally showing his lack of defensive discipline. Coquelin is the better defender but does not give us the same attacking options. Maybe Wenger will alternate between these two depending on the opponents.
What do you think?