Arsene Wenger says his team Arsenal must improve on their defending when they face Everton on Saturday in an English Premier League clash.
Arsenal suffered a 3-1 defeat to Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday. The defeat saw Arsenal drift further away from the top four spot, eight and six points respectively off London rivals Chelsea in fourth place and Tottenham Hotspur in fifth.
“Our defensive numbers aren’t good enough,” Wenger said on Friday during his pre-match press conference.
“We needed strengthening because we have to improve our defensive numbers to make the top four.
“I will adapt to the difficulties we face and must see how the idea I have works. We are flexible – we can play with a back three or four.
“It is a lack of focus in vital moments. At Swansea, we had 75 per cent of possession and we are so obsessed with wanting to win the game.
“But it is about finding the balance.”
Wenger was also uncertain whether his record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will feature against Everton in a four-man attack alongside Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan after revealing that the forward.
“It is always possible. Will I do it? Maybe – I don’t know,” he said.
“He (Aubameyang) started (training) yesterday (Thursday) but wasn’t completely well. I will see with the medical department.
“He is a typical striker with great pace and a good ratio between games played and goals scored. He is a team player.”
Wenger also tasked Mesut Ozil to take on the leadership role in the team following he exit of Alexis Sanchez.
Ozil signed a new three-and-a-half year deal to remain at the club after months of speculations surrounding his future at the club.
“Many predicted he (Ozil) wouldn’t commit and not sign. It is good news for us – if you can keep a player of that calibre is of course good news.
“He has committed his future to the club at a period where we are in a tricky period. We expect him to take responsibility to lead the club to success.”