Arsenal players want Arsene Wenger to hire new defensive coach after Blackburn defeat – report

The squad is still behind the manager but are concerned by the number of goals conceded so far this season and think hiring outside knowledge could be the answer
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Senior Arsenal players want boss Arsene Wenger to hire a new defensive coach in a bid to fix the Gunners' ailing backline, according to The Daily Mirror.

Wenger once again had to field questions about his future after a 4-3 defeat to Blackburn on Saturday condemned Arsenal to their worst start to a season for 58 years.

It is understood the players are still firmly behind their manager, but believe the introduction of new ideas could only improve a defence which has conceded 14 goals in just five Premier League games.

At Ewood Park, the Gunners tried to continue with the zonal marking system which helped them survive an attacking onslaught from Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday.

But inexperience with the system created chaos, with Alex Song and Laurent Koscielny both netting past their own keeper and Rovers striker Yakubu bagging a soft brace.

Although assistant boss Pat Rice is a former full-back, Arsenal do not currently have a specialist defensive coach.

Former Gunner Martin Keown, who worked with the club’s back four in the 2005/06 season and helped them set a new Champions League record for minutes played without conceding, has been touted as the leading candidate for any potential appointment.