Wenger in his tenure as an Arsenal manager has had some worse times before but this season is worst with the Gunners experiencing the longest run of games without a clean sheet, nine in 17 years.
It is undoubted Arsenal plays attacking football and dominates possession over the opponents in most matches but also loses on top of that simply because of defensive weakness.
The partnership of Arsenal’s best, Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi in the central defence has been an easy opposition of defenders opponents have faced and the defeat to Tottenham Hotspurs in the North London derby last Saturday is an example.
According to Wenger, every other team was seeking to enrich their defence and gave an example with Manchester City who bought in Aymeric Laporte.
But contrary to what was commonly practice, Wenger went for Pierre Emerick Aubameyang instead of as well looking for defensive solution.
Understandably because Alexis Sanchez had to be replaced not in every aspect of the Chilean’s strength but to replace the goal scoring bit which the then record singing Alexander Lacazette wasn’t doing.
But Wenger’s excuse of why Arsenal didn’t concentrate on empowering the defence by bringing on new guys is unbelievable. The Gunners used lack of financial power as an excuse.
“We don’t have the financial power of Manchester City. And the fact that they conceded half the goals we conceded is as well down to the fact that, offensively, they are very powerful. And they have a lot of possession in the opponent’s half that we have not.”
Specifically Wenger was also questioned why he didn’t request for money from club owner Stan Kroenke, Wenger said;
“If Kroenke gives you £200m, Man City then get £400m.”
Per Mertesacker is retiring when the season ends and English defenders Rob holding and Calum Chambers are inexperienced yet the demands of the fans for results will not be patient with Wenger to give the young lads opportunity prove themselves.
Definitely that calls for loaning them so as to aid their development, but the North London giants had a chance of signing Jonny Evans during the January transfer window except missed for what they termed as “below-valuation bid” hence rejected by West Brom.