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Paul Merson Insists Defensive Lapses Could Be A Worrying Factor For Arsenal In The Top Four Race

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Paul Merson believes Arsenal’s worrying defence won’t be of much help in their race to the top four.

A slow but steady start has brought the Gunners back in the top four following their 2 –2 draw with Crystal Palace. Unai Emery has shrugged off the initial difficulties and has instilled a winning mentality into the North London side.

But the defence has been the problem since Arsene Wenger’s reign and Emery seems to be digging her solution to prevent the leaking of goals. Ten games have already been played so far and only on ten occasions the Gunners managed to keep a clean sheet.

Merson pointed out their weak spot. “It looks like an Arsene Wenger team defensively, and they have always been irresistible going forward on their day,”

“I think they will get turned over by a couple of smaller teams and I don’t see them beating the big ones.

“I think they will get turned over by a couple of smaller teams and I don’t see them beating the big ones.

“At the start of the season, I don’t think anyone would have given them a shot of finishing in the top four, but he’s given them a chance at least, it could happen,”

“He’s a good manager and he needs a couple of windows. In time he will bring in his players. They’re a long way from Manchester City, but they will be more competitive.”

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