Redknapp highlights Arsenal's key weakness and says Sanchez could have stopped Perez

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Jamie Redknapp believes Arsenal's defending is still a major flaw.

Arsenal beat Newcastle at the weekend despite a patched up defence, but some people are never happy.

SkySports pundit Jamie Redknapp rounded on the goal the Gunners conceded in the 4-1 win, a consolation from Ayoze Perez.

He was critical of the Gunners' lack of organisation, and says if there was better communication, forward Alexis Sanchez could have cleared the danger.

He said: "I feel like I’m always picking holes in Arsenal’s defending. As the ball goes into the box, nobody is marking Perez, nobody is talking.

"There are no leaders. If Sanchez drops two yards, he clears that ball, but no-one tells him. There is no interaction.

“I think those are the details that are always going to cost Arsenal."

While his critique of the goal at the weekend is perhaps a little harsh, a look at the wider picture does show a more concerning pattern.

  Headed Goals Conceded
Arsenal 7
Man Utd 5
Chelsea 2
Everton 2
Liverpool 2
Tottenham 2
Man City 1

Compared to the rest of the teams finishing in the top seven of the Premier League last season, Arsenal's defensive frailty in the air stands out.

Aside from Manchester United, who have too had injury issues at the back, they have conceded by far the most goals from headers.

Only Burnley have conceded more, and Arsenal will hope to get Laurent Koscielny back from injury as soon as possible and add vital leadership to their defence.

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