Arsene Wenger is once again under enormous pressure. Even his most loyal supporters are tiring of the team’s chronic defensive problems. After the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at the weekend, the fates have handed Wenger another formidable fixture: Borussia Dortmund, led by the man many would choose as his successor, Jurgen Klopp. If he is to regain the trust of the Arsenal faithful, Wenger may have to go against his instincts. It’s time for Arsenal to get back to basics.
Although it has become fashionable to say that Arsenal have suffered these defensive issues for a decade, it’s not entirely true. There have been a couple of brief windows during which Arsenal got their act together and looked the part. The most recent of those runs began in March 2013.
At that time, Arsenal were also reeling from a 2-1 defeat to a major rival. Two goals in two minutes had gifted Tottenham victory at White Hart Lane, and Arsenal’s abysmal defending was once again in the spotlight. Things seemed set to go from bad to worse: Arsenal’s next fixture was a spine-chilling jaunt to Bayern Munich.