The Telegraph reports that members of Arsene Wenger’s staff have doubts over his defensive tactics.
Arsenal were beaten by Swansea City last weekend just days after the side threw away a 3-0 lead against Anderlecht in the Champions League.
Former Gunner Paul Merson laid into his old boss for not doing more to help Arsenal protect their leads and his concerns over Wenger’s tactics are reportedly shared by those close to the Arsenal boss.
“Reservations over Arsene Wenger’s defensive tactics held by former players and pundits are shared by members of his Arsenal staff,” reports the Telegraph.
“There is frustration inside the club over Wenger’s refusal to change his defensive set-up.”
“Steve Bould, Wenger’s assistant, takes a particular interest in the defence, but other backroom figures were left dismayed by the Frenchman’s approach at the Liberty Stadium.”
Wenger seems keen for his defence to press high up the pitch, with attacking full-backs which explains why he didn’t move Calum Chambers into central defence for the games against Anderlecht and Swansea, which is where he started the season.
The problem that creates for Arsenal is that the side has several players pressing high up the pitch, leaving the Gunners exposed on the counter attack as there is so much space in behind for opposition teams to take advantage of.
The key question on the minds of Wenger’s staff is likely to be why so many members of his first team are forward and on the attack when they are in the lead and in control of games.
Arsenal are one of the best attacking sides to watch in Europe but there is always space for some common sense, when important Premier League and Champions League points are on the line.
In an ideal world, without any injuries, Laurent Koscielny would be smack in the middle of Arsenal’s defence, which allows the side to play a higher line because he’s quicker and can recover effectively.
However, the games against Anderlecht and Swansea have exposed a weakness in Arsenal’s armour, which sides are going to tap away at unless Wenger works with his staff to eradicate the problems and find a solution.