Arsene Wenger has been complaining all season about the referees awarding penalties to Arsenal’s opponents and the schoolboy errors committed by our defenders, but in his eyes the only reason we have been losing is we simply don’t score enough goals. “[Winning each game 4-3] is not the solution I like,” he said on Arsenal.com. “I like the four, but I don’t like the three.
“We have to improve our defensive record, absolutely, and everybody has to contribute. That is why we have to work on that and find the balance. Without destroying our offensive power, we have to find the balance so we are better defensively.
“We don’t necessarily need relief but we want to be more efficient on the football pitch because when you say we’ve conceded too many goals, I think we don’t score enough goals. That’s our basic problem. That’s not only defensively but offensively, we don’t score enough goals.
“That’s our DNA. We are an attacking team. The danger is when you are an attacking team that you don’t score and then of course you create your own problems.”
He is right of course. How many times have we had 30 attempts on goal and had 70% of the possession and only scored once? Like against Man United at the Emirates?
He admitted that he was desperate to buy another top defender in January (although I don’t think we tried hard enough personally) to try and stop so many silly errors by our back line, but he has made it his main priority to bring in more strikers to add to our ‘goals for’ column. We must be confident that Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil can link up brilliantly right from the start to give us a cushion against our floundering defenders.
Well, attack is the best form of defence, right?