Wenger concedes Arsenal need to improve this key aspect next season

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Arsenal collected just 11 points from their first eight games this season.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has highlighted the fact that his side started the current campaign poorly and feels it’s a situation which needs addressing next season, the Daily Mail reports.

The Gunners collected just 11 points from their first eight games of the season, finding themselves in a lowly mid-table position and a long way behind runaway leaders Chelsea.

The Blues started the campaign with seven wins from their first eight matches, building up a healthy lead at the top of the table which they have maintained throughout the season.

If the Gunners wish to take their wonderful 2015 form into next season and really challenge for honours, Wenger concedes they have to learn from their mistakes and start much stronger.

“We were not consistent enough. After eight games we were 11 points behind Chelsea. If we win our game in hand (against Sunderland on May 20) we are 10 points behind Chelsea,” Wenger explained.

“That means in the first eight games we lost our championship and that's what we have to address next season and start strong.”

  AppearancesWonDrawnLostPoints
Chelsea 27 18 7 2 61
Arsenal 26 19 2 5 59
Man City 28 17 5 6 56
Man Utd 28 17 5 6 56

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the North Londoners have claimed the best points-per-game ratio in the Premier League after the first eight games of the season.

The introduction of David Ospina, Francis Coquelin, Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla in a deeper position has ultimately strengthened the team tenfold but there is still room for improvement.

Not necessarily in the first team, but in the absence of centre-forward Olivier Giroud, Wenger’s side lack balance in the final third whereas defensive midfield cover for Coquelin is a must this summer.

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