Arsenal manager Unai Emery has said his team have yet to find the balance between attack and defence so far this campaign, and he is working hard to address the issue.
The Gunners started the campaign with a clean sheet away at Newcastle, with many hoping it was a sign of things to come, but they have now conceded six goals in their last three games, and Emery is keen to put things right:
“I think the first four matches allowed us to show our first characteristic: to be offensive. Maybe we need to continue working to create a balance defensively in some moments, and also tactically when making some decisions.”
Arsenal’s defence could be boosted by the return of Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin over the next month or so. The trio are likely to feature prominently once fit and should help Emery to rectify the club’s defensive failings.
However, both Holding and Bellerin, in particular, are coming off long injury layoffs and integrating them back into the starting eleven will likely be a gradual process. In the meantime, it’s likely that the team will continue to leak goals.