Arsenal fans, especially on JustArsenal, have been banging on about our abysmal defensive record for the last couple of years, but despite losing Koscielny, Monreal, Lichtsteiner, Bielik and Jenkinson in the summer, we only brought in David Luiz and an injured Kieran Tierney to replace them all, until William Saliba arrives next year.
This has hardly improved things in the slightest, and since the start of the season we have been pinning our hopes on the return from injuries of Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin to give us a bit more stability at the back. Now they have all just about recovered and are in contention for the first team again, we are expecting great things to start happening very quickly, but aren’t you all a bit worried that it may still take a couple of months for the new line-up to gel and gain peak match fitness?
Rob Holding has already spoken to new-boy Tierney about the pressure that Arsenal fans lay on the players. “I was speaking with Kieran,” Holding told Goal. “We were saying there is actually a bit of pressure on me, Hector and him.
“Obviously the fans have been putting a lot of pressure on saying: ‘We need those three back, hopefully they can perform’. It is a healthy pressure. It’s not a draining pressure. It is pushing everyone to be better.”
Nowadays we all know rgat there are a large percentage of Arsenal fans that are always wanting a quick fix and expect perfection straight away, but in real life that rarely happens in my experience. I just hope that they give all three time to re-adjust to playing at the top level and don’t jump down their throats if nothing improves straight away.
What do you think?