Arsene Wenger's Refusal To Change: Arsenal's Defensive Laughingstocks

Samuel MensahAnalyst IAugust 9, 2010

LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 21:  Lukasz Fabianski  of Arsenal looks on as Yossi Benayoun of Liverpool scores his team's fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on April 21, 2009 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Only a week away from the beginning of the season and I could no longer hold my silence or believe my eyes at the progression at Arsenal. Why, you ask? Because there has been none—none that will bring you a Premier League and definitely not a Champions League.

Chamakh looks impressive and yes, we won the battle to keep Fabregas (for another season), but there were greater concerns with the squad which still have not been sorted.

Arsenal's biggest Achilles' heal, away from the goalkeeper, is the way they defend. This has been a weak point for at least four seasons. Unlike the great hotel, this is very uncomfortable for me.  I cannot understand how Wenger can allow this problem to not be sorted but allow it to worsen.

Wenger needs to sign at least one more high quality, already proven defender. To let two experienced defenders leave (notice Senderos or Silvestre are not included) without replacing them is more than criminal. Mr Wenger...why not increase offers on Hangelaand or Jagielka? That's the kind of no-nonsense defending we need. Four defenders have left our squad and one unproven youngster has come in.

It's not just the quality of the personnel in defence that scares me, it is the way they defend—like headless chickens. This includes Clichy and Sagna. Defensive training appears once again to be our weak spot and it needs to be addressed.


I have always said that Arsenal would benefit with playing two defensive midfielders in the three-man midfield to let Fabregas have the freedom. Also, to protect the fragility of our defence. Song is good but could do with some help.

They say never buy a player who shines at the World Cup, but what I saw in Ghana's Anthony Annan was enough to make me believe he had our missing ingredient. Great stamina, strong, definitely aggressive, and with good midfield positioning he would be a great signing.

Young, cheap, and playing in Norway, he is crying out to play at a bigger club. In Ghana, he is known as the new Essien and I tell you that is not an overexaggeration. That boy is good.

Another problem is the goalkeeper department. How long will this long-running joke continue? Why is he still trying out Fabianski? I can't begin to explain how that boy should never play in an Arsenal shirt. Almunia is bad but can still warm the bench; however, Fabianski scares me greatly.

Wenger has got to be decisive and get rid of Fabianski and drop or sell Almunia. It definitely appears to me that Wenger is trying to not destroy Fabianski, which is funny after what he did to Senderos.

In my eyes, if a player can't cut it, you cut them loose. There are many keepers who would love it at Arsenal. I'm not ashamed to say I would have signed David James on a free for one season at 20-25 grand a week.


Reports claimed Wenger was making a 20 million move for Liverpool's Reina. Yeah right, Wenger would never spend that money on almost anyone despite the fact there is money is in the bank. It is annoying for a long-term fan like me to watch. Finally, there is blatant money there and yet he is once again refusing to use it.

I have little problem with the rest of the team because I believe Wenger's football is designed for going forward, but when your defensive qualities are poor you get found out on all levels these days.

One small scare is that we go to a rejuvenated Liverpool with our poor defence, keeper, and defensive midfield. No Fabregas, Song and Van Persie will not help; however, Chamakh, Nasri, Eboue, and Arsharvin can shine. Notice not one of those is great defensively.

Not another wasted season, Arsene, please. This time, leave the excuses at your own door. Surely the fans will learn from this season as they so refuse to on this site.