This season, Arsenal conceded 37 goals in the Premier League, 10 goals in the Champions League, seven goals in the Capital One Cup and five goals in the FA Cup.
Unlike last season where the Gunners opened the floodgates with consummate ease, a more cautious approach was taken after the defense struggled badly against Tottenham. In a run of 10 games after that defeat against Tottenham, the Gunners conceded only five goals, winning eight games and drawing two.
Over the course of the season, Arsene Wenger used his available playing personnel in the goalkeeping department.
Wojciech Szczesny has been synonymous with first-team football, but an ankle injury in Autumn, coupled with Lukasz Fabianski out of action as well, paved the way for Vito Mannone to strut his stuff, but the Italian didn’t convince Wenger enough to command a first-team berth.
A dip in form from Szczesny in spring saw a fit-again Fabianski take his spot, but another injury allowed the younger Pole to reclaim his spot.
This article is focused on rating Arsenal’s performances in the 2012/13 season. This is the first installment of four articles, and today’s piece is entirely focused on Arsenal’s custodians between the sticks.
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