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Arsenal fans need to calm down: Pundit is right to worry about Unai Emery’s defence

Arsenal fans need to calm down: Pundit is right to worry about Unai Emery’s defence

Arsenal got off to a tough start to the season but since their two losses to Chelsea and City, the Gunners have strung together a superb run of form as the club have now won nine games in a row. 

Under Unai Emery, Arsenal have started to play the attractive passing football that Wenger made the club famous for. The Gunners have scored 19 goals in the league this season, more than both Liverpool and Chelsea and only two short of Man City.

The goal tally was slightly bolstered at the weekend as Arsenal beat Fulham 5-1 last weekend but in somewhat frustrating fashion, Arsenal yet again failed to keep a clean sheet and have so far conceded 10 goals in the league, the most of all the top five clubs.

Following the win, former Arsenal player and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, bemoaned Arsenal’s defence. As expected, the Arsenal fans weren’t too happy about that and one of our writers delved into to Twitter to see some of their reactions.

While Merson’s criticism might be seen as following a trend of Arsenal bashing, his critique of the defence is one that is quite reasonable. At times this season – especially with Mustafi at the back – Arsenal have looked incredibly shaky. Moreover, with Sokratis out injured, the Gunners are probably without their best central defender in the absence of Koscielny.

Arsenal should be praised for their superb win over the weekend but it still should be taken with the proverbial pinch of salt. Emery still has plenty of work to do in order to seal up his defence. As we have seen, when the Gunners play against a strong opposition, such as Chelsea or City, they struggle to defend against quality attackers. Even against Cardiff City, the Gunners conceded two goals.

Next summer or even in January, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Arsenal linked with a new defender. With Koscielny ageing and Mustafi just simply too erratic, the Gunners need a top quality centreback.

The recent run of form is great for Arsenal but it’s probably covering a few problems that need to be addressed.

Thoughts Arsenal fans? 

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