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FA Cup 2016/17: Preston North End 1-2 Arsenal - 5 Talking Points

Arvind Sriram
SENIOR ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
08 Jan 2017, 00:07 IST

#2 Arsenal’s defensive woes continue

Preston North End v Arsenal - Emirates FA Cup - Third Round - Deepdale : News Photo
Arsenal’s defending has been awful the last couple of games

Arsenal’s defensive woes are well-documented. This time, in the absence of Laurent Koscielny, who was rested for the game, it was up to Gabriel and Mustafi to hold the backline together but they did a pretty poor job of it as they were given the run around by McGeady and co. in the early stages.

Maitland-Niles, too looked well out of his depth as he was caught out of position on several occasions in the opening thirty minutes. The Gunners were shambolic against Bournemouth at the back and conceded three goals in the first half. That could just as easily have happened tonight as well but Preston just did not seem to be able to convert their chances when they fell to them.

Wenger will need to have a long hard think as to the composition of his defence in the games to come as he cannot allow such poor displays to continue.

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