The fans learnt that lesson last season. Yes, there will be those who point out that Arsenal had one of the best defensive records last year, but this fails to account for the Gunners’ performance in big games.
Time and time again, Arsenal have come undone against the big teams. Being a soft-touch at the back and having no real defensive midfielder to speak of, has allowed the opposition to score easy goals. The number of individual errors Arsenal players commit is astounding.
To those fans who still herald the club’s defensive record, ask yourself this: would you back Arsenal to hold onto a lead against a ‘big’ club?
I know what my answer is. If the Gunners don’t strengthen in this regard, they simply have no chance of acquiring any silverware over the course of this season.
With Sebastien Squillaci and Johan Djourou having already left the club, I’m surprised that a player or two hasn’t been brought in earlier. The Gunners are now extremely light at the back and that showed in their opening day performance against Aston Villa.
In recent times, the Gunners have been linked to both Micah Richards and Ashley Williams. I’d argue that both players need to be signed if Arsenal are to inspire enough competition to improve their defensive record.
The Independent are behind the Richards rumours. As they rightfully note, Richard only made seven appearances for City last season, a pitiful showing for a player of his talent and ability. He must be desperate for a move and as he’s an Arsenal fan, would surely be happy to head to the Emirates.
Williams has admitted that he’s ‘flattered’ by the links to Arsenal (Source: The Metro). He’s Swansea City captain and the Gunners could certainly use his presence and leadership qualities. At 28-years-old he’s ready for a move to a big club and would certainly make an impact at Arsenal.
Both players would also come with Premier League experience and shouldn’t break the bank. There’s basically no reason why these deals shouldn’t happen, so you can bet that Arsene Wenger wont be interested. Still, we live in hope.
What’s your take? Would these two Premier League stars plug the gaps in Arsenal’s leaky defense?
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