Big Match

Football: Arsenal's shaky defence a major concern ahead of London derby with Chelsea

Gap at the back is apparent against the top 6, with 15 goals conceded in 6 matches this term

Sokratis Papastathopoulos (left, with hands up) is too slow, Shkodran Mustafi (right) too inconsistent, a declining Laurent Koscielny perhaps too old.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (left, with hands up) is too slow, Shkodran Mustafi (right) too inconsistent, a declining Laurent Koscielny perhaps too old.PHOTO: AFP

There was a time when Arsenal fans used to celebrate their side's efficient tediousness. Those days are long gone.

The chant of "one-nil to the Arsenal" was the soundtrack of George Graham's reign and rendered redundant in the second half of Arsene Wenger's.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 19, 2019, with the headline 'Arsenal face Blues with leaky defence'. Print Edition | Subscribe