It is one of the strangest things about this strangest of seasons that when you look at the Premier League table and see Arsenal sitting in 10th, you’d think we had major problems defensively.
We have some problems there, no doubt about it. There are some individual issues which manifest themselves from time to time, but in terms of goals conceded we have the joint third best record. Unsurprisingly Man City are the best, having conceded just 15 all season – in part due to the fact they’re such a potent attacking force, but also because they’ve actually spent a lot of money on a good centre-half for once. After that it’s Chelsea with 25 against, then Arsenal and Aston Villa on 26.
Now, that isn’t to say we can’t improve. You think of a couple of the goals we’ve conceded lately and you can see how we might have prevented them – Villa away and Raheem Sterling on Sunday are both concessions that should not have happened. That Rob Holding was the defender culpable in the final action on both might suggest he’s got some early-game concentration/focus issues, but allowing crosses and making mistakes to give the ball away means he’s not the only one.
We also have…