Arsenal’s Defence. by Ben
Arsenal’s defence is a thing that flatters to deceive most of the time. I can’t remember the last time I watched a match involving Arsenal and felt comfortable, let alone confident in our defending. Despite a decent goals against record last season, it is a feeling that has persisted.
Gabriel is our stand-out defender and formed a promising partnership with Ben White. However, if pre-season is anything to go by his partnership with William Saliba might be even better. Maybe this could finally allow us beleaguered Gooners some respite. Let us believe, even for a while that a 3 goal lead is enough.
This brings me to the point of this article: I like Pablo Mari. He seems to be well liked and respected amongst the younger players and in my opinion is a better player than Rob Holding, who inspires no confidence whatsoever.
Pablo Mari also provides a nice uniform left-footed balance to the defence. He would be understandably fourth choice, but a competent one that offers balance, experience, and maturity. Not to mention he is a better distributor than Holding.
I don’t think any Gunner is going to be surprised if he leaves this summer. I just think he deserves a bit more respect and consideration before being allowed to depart ahead of Rob Holding.
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