Premier League - Wenger: Arsenal defence fine

Thu, 14 Jul 20:37:00 2011

Arsene Wenger maintains Arsenal's defence is not their Achilles heel as the club continue their summer tour of Asia.

Premier League - Wenger: Defence fine

The Gunners arrived in China on Thursday in the final leg of their Asia tour following Wednesday night's comfortable 4-0 win over a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur.

Arsenal's rearguard was hardly tested in the Bukit Jalil Stadium, and is unlikely to face a stern examination from Chinese Super League side Hangzhou Greentown on Saturday.

Despite leaking 43 goals as their Barclays Premier League title bid fell apart last season - 10 more than rivals Manchester City and Chelsea - Wenger insists major surgery is not needed ahead of the forthcoming campaign.

"I don't think we are weak defensively, but we are an offensive team. Sometimes that exposes our defenders a bit more than other teams," said the Gunners boss, who has been linked with moves for both Bolton's Gary Cahill and Germany international Per Mertesacker, currently at Werder Bremen.

"I believe we have quality defenders. One is Thomas Vermaelen and he did not play last year. In open play, we were one of the better defences [last season], but we conceded too many goals on set-pieces and that is where we want to improve this season."

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