Have Arsenal shown a crippling weakness despite good form?

Arsenal have been in imperious form recently, but has that hidden a crucial weakness?

Since the start of 2015, the Gunners have lost just three games in all competitions, winning the remaining 14 in impressive style.

There is a newfound resilience to Arsene Wenger’s side, and although they probably left it too late to seriously challenge for the title, the strong performances bode well for next season, and for their chances of retaining the FA Cup this term.

However, there have been some fortunate results in that run, with the weekend’s victory over Newcastle one such game.

After storming to a 2-0 lead in the first half, the North London club should have really had the game under control against a side who had shown absolutely nothing in the opening exchanges.

However, they let the Magpies get back into the game, and the Tyneside giants were unfortunate to not come away with at least a draw. After putting in a dreadful first-half performance, Newcastle changed their approach, and they had the Gunners rattled for the entire second period.

And all that was changed about this approach was how high they pressed up the pitch.

It is the same reason Arsenal regularly struggle against teams above them in the table, as they are more willing to attack and press the midfield and defence, whereas weak teams will sit deep and defend for their lives. Newcastle put in both performances in the game, and proved that the pressing approach is how to overcome the Gunners.

For all the praise aimed towards Francis Coquelin and Aaron Ramsey, neither could cope well with the pressure placed on them, and they struggled when not given time to properly play the ball.

This in turn put the defensive line under threat, and Calum Chambers looked exceedingly out of place during a very poor performance.

It was this high pressing which saw Liverpool and Chelsea thrash Arsenal last season, and it has been a surprise to see not many clubs approach the Gunners in the same manner.

When given time to play they are arguably the best team in the division, but there is an underlying weakness, which, when exploited, can be crippling on Arsenal's playing style, and their success.

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