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Arsenal: The defence could soon get a lot better

Arsenal: The defence could soon get a lot better

Arsenal have revealed that Kieran Tierney, Konstantinos Mavrpanos and Hector Bellerin are all aiming to return to full training in October on their official website.

Tierney signed from Scottish champions Celtic, however, has been out since May after having surgery on a hernia injury.

Meanwhile, Mavropanos and Bellerin have been out after suffering groin and knee injuries respectively last season.

The groin injury suffered by the young centre-back Mavropanos (per the Mirror) saw a potential move away from the club break down as a result.

With the new season underway, and Arsenal’s defence still showing the same frailties as last season, it’s important that the Bellerin and Tierney get back fit as soon as possible.

Arsenal have already conceded 27 shots on their goal in the first two games of the Premier League season, nine versus Newcastle United and 18 versus Burnley. Lapses in concentration were seen when David Luiz let Ashley Barnes pull off the back of him after a cross from a wide area, so getting two first-choice full-backs may help the Gunners.

Meanwhile, Mavropanos finds as many as four centre-backs ahead of him this season, and with his long layoff last season, it seems unlikely he will force his way into Unai Emery’s plans for the season.

Last season Bellerin and Tierney produced solid defensive displays that showed their abilities.

Despite being injured in January, Bellerin still made more clearances per game than fellow right-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Tierney enjoyed a stunning campaign with Celtic, winning the domestic treble. However, his defensive performances in the Europa League put Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal to shame. The Scotland international won more tackles, made more interceptions and more clearances than the Arsenal defenders.

While Mavropanos needs to be moved on given that he faces so much competition, Bellerin and Tierney would improve Arsenal’s defending from wide areas vastly. The two enjoyed far better seasons than their competition last season, and their return to the training will be a welcome boost to the north London side.

How good will Arsenal’s defence be when the full-backs are fit? Join the discussion by commenting below… 

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