During this pre-season period a lot of attention has been paid to our defence and a lot of analysis has been undertaken on the subject. We were badly exposed defensively in 4 games during the 2013/14 season losing all 4 away games in an embarrassing fashion 3-6 to Manchester City, 1-5 to Liverpool, 0-6 to Chelsea and 0-3 to Everton.
For those 4 games we had an average of 5 goals against per game and that accounted for 48.8% of our total PL goals against during 2013/14. For the remainder of the season we had 21 goals scored against us in 34 games for an average of .62 per game; which was the second lowest goals against average in our PL history; .45 was the best in 1998/99. So were we poor defensively for the whole season or did we simply have 4 shocking games?
This season defensively we have lost Sagna and Vermaelen but have brought in Debuchy as cover for RB and Chambers as cover for RB/CB, plus AW is on record as saying that if Vermaelen left he would look for a replacement – three questions linger.
Is Chambers the CB replacement?
Will he buy another CB?
Are we weaker if we do not get a replacement CB?
Enough about our defence for now I would like to concentrate on our offence and our scoring ability, let’s start off with a few statistical facts.
In 2013/14 we scored 34 goals less than the Champions.
Our goals against difference were 43 less than the Champions.
Our goals against were only 4 more than the Champions.
To my way of thinking everything points towards the offence as being our issue and not our defence, which raises another question.
Where will our goals come from?
We only scored 68 goals in 2013/14, which was 5th worst since Arsene has been our manager. Let’s take a look at who scored our PL goals in 2013/14.
Giroud – 16
Ramsey – 10
Podolski – 8
Walcott – 5
Chamberlain – 4
Cazorola – 4
Wilshere – 3
Ozil – 3
All others – 15
Sanchez scored 12 in 2010/11, 15 in 2011/12, 11 in 2012/13 and 21 in 2013/14, is he our ace in the hole, or do we still need more offensive power?