The reason Arsenal can arrest their Premier League defensive woes this weekend

Leicester City v Arsenal

Arsenal have achieved an unwanted club record by conceding three goals in three straight Premier League games for the first time in their history.

The three losses — to Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Leicester City — have severely dented Arsenal’s top four hopes and left the club in disarray during a key stretch of the season.

In Unai Emery’s first season in charge, the defence has been a major concern, and Arsenal’s new record-setting spell has highlighted serious problems with the Gunners’ backline.

Luckily for Arsenal, the club has an ideal chance to stem the flow of goals against them — statistically speaking, in any case — as their next Premier League opponent is Brighton and Hove Albion.

Emery could not have asked for a better club to play when facing a defensive crisis. Until Pascal Gross scored late in the Seagulls’ 1-1 draw with Newcastle United this weekend, Brighton had gone over seven weeks without scoring a goal.

The Sussex based side’s attack has been out of sorts for much of the season but their point against the Magpies has effectively secured their Premier League status for another season.

In this way, everything is lined up for Arsenal when they play host to the Seagulls on Sunday: playing a team with nothing to play for and with a terrible attacking record.

Avatar

Author: Max Cohen