Former Manchester United and Leeds United player Johnny Giles says that Arsene Wenger’s inability to organise a defence will prevent them from winning anything this season.
The gap between Arsenal and league leaders Chelsea, however, is nine points after just 10 games and many observers believe that it is already a bridge too far.
From an attacking perspective, Wenger’s side have impressed over the past two weeks and summer signing Alexis Sanchez has been in marvellous form.
Defensively, however, there remains a soft underbelly and letting slip a 3-0 lead at home to Anderlecht in the Champions League felt like an all too familiar tale for the North London outfit.
Former United man Giles was left less than impressed and hinted that Wenger’s inability to organise a defence will thwart his side’s chances of winning trophies this season.
“It has been the pattern for Arsenal. If you’re an Arsenal supporter, you’ll be very frustrated,” Giles told Off The Ball.
“But you look at Arsene Wenger. He has been a great manager for them over the years but since he inherited the good defence with Adams and co, he hasn’t had a good defence since!
“Wenger can’t organise a defence. He is another high line man. There is no way you should lose a 3-0 goal lead at home. You have to be able to tie the game up. They’re giving far too many goals away to win things.”
The Gunners incidentally have only conceded 11 goals this season, one fewer than Premier League leaders Chelsea.
However, on three occasions this season Wenger’s men have thrown away points from winning positions, and it is such margins which could ultimately cost them come the end of the campaign.