Ex-Red Devil Nemanja Vidic has now stated in an interview with Sky Sports that Arsenal is lucky to be in sixth place in the top flight of English football this term, with the kind of defensive form that they have showcased thus far.
The north London giants have lost all five of their consecutive away fixtures in the Premier League, due to which the former Manchester United defender has brought the Gunners’ defence in question.
The league title is already won by Manchester City and Arsene Wenger’s side’s primary focus in the recent months has been the Europe League, a competition in which they are all set to take on Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals this month.
Further, Arsenal will be keen on winning this title, as it would secure their return to the Champions League next season, something that they would be really keen on.
This has urged the former United man to state the obvious facts that Wenger’s team are lucky to be in the top six, with the kind of defensive form that they have shown thus far, in the current campaign. Recently beaten by Newcastle United at St. James’ Park, meant that the Londoners have not secured all three points on their travels since beating Crystal Palace 3-2 on 28th December.
Vidic slammed the Gunners’ defending when assessing the main reason behind their troubles this campaign. He said, “They have to learn to defend. For me, now when Arsenal go to the pre-season they can’t think about scoring goals. They are going to think can we have a clean sheet please because that’s what they have to learn.”
“For a team that’s in the top six, seven to concede that many goals I think they are doing well to be in this position.”
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They have conceded 45 goals this term, as many as 16 more than Burnley, who are currently a couple of points behind them in the table and only one less than Swansea City, which is at present 17th.
It is no hidden secret that Wenger’s choice of defensive signings does not meet up to the expected standards and that he is not good at forming a solid back-line, which has been the major problem over the years, which the Frenchman needs to sort out soon. That is sure if he does wish to win some titles before he retires, especially European silverware.