Defence Is Not Our Only Weakness
Arsene Wenger pronounced that the main difference between us and Manchester United was the defence. Is true if you look at the facts and figures, but no so true if you scratch the surface.
If you look at our away performances we are the top goal scorers, whilst in terms of conceding goals we have the sixth best defence. We have won 9 away games, in these games we have scored 27 goals, whereas when we have not won in the remaining 10 games we have only scored 10 goals and 4 of those goals came in one game against Liverpool. This shows that when we win away from the Emirates we score plentiful goals, but when a game is tight the goals dry up.
At home we have the seventh best scoring record, behind Manchester City and Fulham. We have scored 27 goals at home, 20 of those goals came in 10 of our wins, whilst we have scored 7 in the remaining 8 games, and again four of those goals came in one draw.
The difference in our goals against Manchester United is that when we win we win in style, scoring plenty of goals, whilst Manchester United have won plenty of games with the odd goal, something we have rarely done this season. This is what the press refer to as winning when you are not playing well.
Defensively at home we have not had a bad season, we conceded 15 goals, but 8 of those goals came in two games against Chelsea and Spurs.
Whilst it is agreed that we need to strengthen our defence, we must not lose sight of our scoring deficiencies. We need more goals from midfield and hopefully Nasri, Arshavin and Rosicky will provide those goals in the tight games.