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Arsenal Legend Charlie Nicholas believes the club strikers shouldn’t be blamed alone for the team’s failure this season.
Arsenal started the season in superb form and were tipped to win the Premier League title as other traditional big teams were struggling to keep up with the pace but the Gunners failed to live up to expectations in recent months and are now battling to finish in the top four.
The team is the lowest goalscorers amongst the top four teams but Nicholas believes that is not the only reason the club has struggled in recent months.
They also have the worst defensive records amongst the top four team and Nicholas thinks that’s what Wenger has to fix this summer transfer window.
“I accept over the last two months that the central striker area has been a massive problem, but there’s been a problem from day one and that’s at centre-back.
“There’s the soft excuse that Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott have all had their injury problems, but for me the biggest issue exists at the back.
“There’s been so many games where they’ve been in control then boom, there’s a weak defensive decision and then all of the sudden they’re over the place and the panic sets in.
“It’s just not been solid at all and in my opinion Arsenal have not had a proper defence in five or six seasons.”
“It needs to be a leader but one of significance on the pitch, not like Per Mertesacker saying the right things in front of the camera 30 minutes before the game. Leadership isn’t chit chat, it’s being willing to sacrifice yourself.
“Arsenal create chances and I know it’s a problem not taking them but they tend to take enough to win games. What they don’t do is win games 1-0 like Leicester have been doing.
“The hardest position to fill is the centre-forward but you’ve got to sort the basics first and I don’t think it needs to be a superstar striker because of the chances they create. Giroud has a decent scoring record for the club and he’s not a superstar.
“If they get Gonzalo Higuain in for say £50m and keep conceding two or three goals then they still won’t win anything.”