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Following Saturday’s game against Norwich City, Arsene Wenger has admitted that the team is still yet to figure out how to overcome the smaller teams. Wenger had previously revealed that the team missed out on the title due to their inability to break down smaller teams who come to the Emirates to defend.
Arsenal lost their first game of the season at the Emirates 2-0 to West Ham and Wenger believes the game showed smaller teams the best way to play against the Gunners.
After managing to scrap out a 1-0 win against Norwich on Saturday, Wenger believes the club still have a major team which is their inability to breakdown defensive sides.
“The problem we have faced this season is exactly the problem we have faced today,” Wenger said. “It’s that we lost in the first game of the season against a team who sat very deep, and didn’t come out. And after that, all the teams came here and sit very deep. And we did not find the way, in the air or on the ground always to score the goals.
“Today again, once we were 1-0 up there were more goals [available] in the game for us. But we couldn’t finish the game off, so you can always be caught back. Crystal Palace was 1-1. But we have not solved that problem with teams that sit deep.”
“Why did we have fantastic results against teams at the top of the table? Because they come out more and they play more,” Wenger said. “The problem we couldn’t solve this season is with teams who sit in front of their box.”
With the league title certainly gone this season, we will be hoping Wenger work with the team in pre season and figure out how the team will perform better against defensive sides.