Arsenal fans were clearly puzzled and infuriated at the weekend, even before a ball was kicked at Anfield – due to the fact that Kolasinac was on the bench, Bellerin being played out of position and Rob Holding getting the job of marking Sadio Mane. Well we all know how that played out, but what it clearly showed, as well as many other games over the past few seasons is that Arsenal have defensive problems and they just don’t seem to be solving.
The only real player to garner any credit from Sunday’s mauling at Anfield was goalkeeper Petr Cech, who made some smart saves and arguably kept the score from going any higher. However, the vastly experienced keeper has now conceded more goals in the past three years at Arsenal than he did in 11 years at rivals Chelsea, this is a stat confirmed by SmartBets. Re-read that stat and drink it in – or maybe don’t as it makes for slightly depressing reading.
The numbers make for humbling reading as Arsenal last season finished 5th and conceded 44 goals in the Premier League – compare that to rivals Tottenham who conceded just 26, Chelsea with 33 and maybe more startlingly was that a club like West Brom let in one less than Arsenal with 43!
It boils down to the simple point that Arsenal arguably need defensive additions before Thursday’s transfer deadline. With just three Premier League games played, the Gunners have conceded a whopping eight goals – four of which were against Leicester and Stoke.
All the transfer rumblings surrounding the club are for players leaving the Emirates and Arsene Wenger could be facing further scrutiny if Alexis Sanchez is one of them out of the door on Thursday.
Reports covered today on All Arsenal though are suggesting that Jonny Evans of West Brom is now a target for the club and there’s no doubt that Petr Cech will be hoping to see workmanlike defenders arrive, or that unwelcome record of goals conceded is likely to just get worse.