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Arsenal FC: Per Mertesacker and 4 Gunners Who Must Step Up on Defence
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After five games, Arsenal’s back four has the worst defensive record in the Premier League.

It is a startling statistic that has not gone without criticism, yet none of Arsene Wenger’s defensive options are emerging as a match-saving rock in the Gunners' defensive line.

It is a crisis that has prompted Wenger’s predecessor George Graham to declare: “It should be better, I don't think it could get much worse,'

“I think they left it a bit late to bring in all these players. He's [Wenger] not had time to work with the players he's brought in, especially among the defence.

“He's been there for 15 years, this is probably going to be the toughest period. Now the jury's out.”

This slideshow will assess some of Arsenal’s most important defenders and explain why they need to step up if the Gunners are to recover from their woeful start to the season.

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