Arsenal Transfer Rumors: 6 Players That Can Help Arsenal Get Defensive

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Arsenal Transfer Rumors: 6 Players That Can Help Arsenal Get Defensive
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Scoring has never been an issue for a an Arsenal squad during the Wenger era. Recently though, the Gunners problems have come from the defensive end.

There is no mistaking the potential and quality in the team from attacking midfield onward. And while Alex Song has blossomed into the Gunners' best defensive option in midfield, the defense has still been too exposed at times.

Over the last few years their goals allowed statistic has usually been the highest compared to the top teams. While their ability to score goals makes them potential contenders in any competition, their inability to clamp down at important times, in important games, has led to a lack of success in recent years.

No one can doubt Wenger's ability to unearth and sculpt some great attack minded talents, but Arsenal's defensive problems have been cause for concern for some time. Vermaelen has been the only recent defensive purchase, and current Gunner, who has performed consistently when he plays.

If Wenger is able to maintain a core of key players from his past few seasons, and integrate at least a few new players, whether some on this list or otherwise, the 2011/12 campaign could be a successful one.

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