Arsene Wenger was scathing in his attack on Arsenal’s defenders after conceding three goals against newly-promoted Norwich on Saturday. Although Arsenal had Thomas Vermaelen return this season after a year out through injury, and also the acquired Per Mertesacker in the summer, the defence has conceded a record 47 goals so far this season (a record during Wenger’s tenure).
It seems that Wenger has still not realised that you can’t always score more than your opponent if you don’t have a solid back line, or perhaps he seriously believed that our former frailties had been strengthened.
This is what Wenger said this morning on Arsenal.com: “I feel mentally we were not switched on to play a game of that stature in the first half,”
“We were absolutely poor defensively today, which is quite surprising because recently we have been solid.
“We came back into the game, we had a great second half, but again we made the mistakes at the back which were absolutely unbelievable. It is a big disappointment because when you come back into the game like we did from 2-1 and then give a goal away in the way that we did.
“At the back everybody was absolutely horrendous for the third goal. It is just not acceptable. We can play them offside with a bit of intelligence and I feel that the way we conceded the goal was just unexplainable.”
It is hard to disagree with Wenger, but it is also unusual to hear him criticize the team’s failings so strongly. Let’s hope that they take note of his anger and are a bit more careful against West Brom next week.