Wenger admits Arsenal’s defence ‘needed strengthening’

Date published: Friday 2nd February 2018 9:22

Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal’s defence needed strengthening during January but the Arsenal boss is ‘happy overall’ with the club’s transfer window dealings.

The Gunners were busy last month, with Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud leaving the Emirates, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan both came in from Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United respectively.

While his attack will have a fresh look, Wenger admits he wanted to reinforce his defence, which has conceded 34 goals this term – the highest number of anyone in the top six and 16 more than both Man Utd and Man City.

“Our defensive numbers aren’t good enough,” Wenger said on Friday ahead of the weekend clash with Everton.

“We needed strengthening because we have to improve our defensive numbers to make the top four.

“I will adapt to the difficulties we face and must see how the idea I have works. We are flexible – we can play with a back three or four.”

Wenger was asked to elaborate on where Arsenal where going wrong at the back.

“It is a lack of focus in vital moments,” he said.

“At Swansea, we had 75 percent of possession and we are so obsessed with wanting to win the game.

“But it is about finding the balance.”

Wenger was asked whether Arsenal managed to achieve their objectives during the transfer window.

“What I wanted to do, I have done more.

“But not everything I wanted. We could have done more.

“We must find an internal solution to our defensive problems.

“Overall I am happy with our transfer window.”


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