Arsenal’s defensive vulnerabilities are no secret and they were there for all to see in Wednesday night’s 2-2 home draw with London rivals Chelsea.
Fortunately, Blues Spanish striker Alvaro Morata was out-of-form and missed a number of good opportunities for the visitors.
The Gunners backline of Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers is obviously not the first choice back three. However, even when Arsenal do have their first choice back three, they look vulnerable at the back.
Arsenal need to add senior centre-backs
The Gunners are in talks to sign young Greek centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos, who is likely to move out on loan for the rest of the season if as expected the deal goes through.
However, it is not defensive players for the future Arsenal needs. It is players for now they need. Looking at the Gunners centre-back options and they are not great really.
Arsenal have French centre-back Laurent Koscielny, who is ageing and struggling with a persistent Achilles problem. Then there is Mustafi, who has struggled to convince at the north London club. Per Mertesacker who is retiring in the summer and Nacho Monreal a left-back playing out-of-position.
Then there is young defenders Rob Holding and Calum Chambers. Neither have pulled up any trees during their time in north London and may never be good enough for Arsenal.
That means that the Gunners need to add some senior centre-backs to their squad in January or next summer if they are to persist with the three centre-back system.
This problem is not a new one for the Gunners. However, the problem has usually been blamed on the lack of a top defensive midfielder. Now the problem is now the centre-backs and the lack of a quality defensive midfielder.
Defensive record hampering top-four bid
Draws against the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea are not terrible results. However, the Gunners attackers are doing their jobs by scoring two goals a game on home soil. The defensive players not doing their jobs though.
Arsenal are now odds of 3/1 to finish in the Champions League spots this season, sixth favourites to clinch a top-four. The team’s defensive displays are not helping them achieve their aim of a top-four finish.
With every game gone, it seems that the top-four spots are slipping away from the Gunners. The team needs to improve defensively if they are to have any hope of claiming a top-four spot this season.
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