Defensive dip worries Wenger as Arsenal face Wembley date

Julian Harris
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ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger admits he is baffled by his side’s crumbling defensive record, as the Gunners prepare for tomorrow’s crunch FA Cup semi-final against Wigan at Wembley.

The north Londoners have leaked 23 goals in their last 13 games, an average of 1.8 goals per game – a terrible run that began with a 5-1 defeat at Liverpool. Prior to that, they were conceding only 0.8 goals per game, on average.

He said: “For a long time we looked very strong defensively, we had an outstanding defensive record – and we lost it suddenly, and that is the surprise of the season for me.”