Arsenal got their season back on track with a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace, but former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand questioned their title credentials on Twitter due to their lack of defensive shape.
Ahead of the campaign, many Premier League observers came to the conclusion that the Gunners have their best squad in years and a maturity needed to win the title.
Petr Cech arrived in the summer, and a Community Shield victory over Chelsea ensued. However, their optimism was crushed with an opening day 2-0 defeat to West Ham United at home.
Arsenal's clash against Palace on Sunday was already a test of their mettle and mental strength, and they got through thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud and Palace’s Damien Delaney who put through his own net.
However, commenting on the game on Twitter, Ferdinand picked holes in the Gunners’ shape and felt they are far too easily opened for a team looking to win the title.
Arsenal get opened up too easy...to be title contenders they need to get to grips with tightening up— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) August 16, 2015
The North London outfit boast an array of attacking talent, but question marks remain over their solidarity in midfield and the protection they offer their defence off the ball.
The inclusion of Francis Coquelin has certainly helped in that aspect, but for those tricky games away from home, there is still the danger of the opposition cutting through them too easily.
Palace had plenty of opportunities to punish Arsene Wenger’s men on Sunday, as despite not creating a great detail, they got themselves into a number of promising positions throughout.
An extra midfielder of Coquelin’s ilk alongside the Frenchman is still be needed for some of those tougher fixtures, and thus Wenger ought to dip into the transfer market in order to bring one in.