In the last 6 games our defence has conceded 18 goals (excluding the FAC where we played non-league clubs).
Individually our defence looks very good. Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Kos and Monreal are all quality defenders. Ospina, Gabriel, Holding, Gibbs are sine replacements. In front of them Coq, Xhaka and Ramsey are a decent shield (or should be), so how is it possible that in 6 games we have conceded more than a George Graham team would concede in an entire season?
Is it the zonal marking at set plays? Or the tactical commitment to attack? The need to entertain rather than contain? Or is it the defensive coaching? ( in which came you can tell Steve Bould because I am not brave enough).
Whatever the reason Arsenal cannot continue in this manner if progress is to be made.
So what is the solution?
BFG playing against teams that use set plays as the main attacking weapon? Xhaka, Elneny and Coquelin playing across the middle with instruction to always have two of them shielding the back 4? A new defensive coach? Better defenders?
What do you think?
written by Big Raddy