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Wenger: Arsenal 'have a lot of work to do' defensively

A multitude of errors saw two first half goals conceded in their final preseason game in Asia and added to the Gunners going behind in both of their previous tour matches

Arsene Wenger has conceded that Arsenal “have a lot of work to do” defensively after seeing his side go behind twice against Hong Kong outfit Kitchee before battling back to claim a 2-2 draw on Sunday.

A multitude of errors by the largely inexperienced back four first allowed Yago nip in and slot the ball under Wojciech Szczesny before similar lapses in concentration saw Dani Cancela put his side back in front just five minutes after Theo Walcott had leveled matters.

A late goal from second half substitute Thomas Eisfeld saved the Gunners’ blushes but Wenger was frank in his assessment of the action.

"I think defensively we looked fragile, especially in the first half,” Wenger is quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "In the second half not so much because we were not challenged. Defensively we have a lot of work to do as a unit to do much better.”

Youngsters Ignasi Miquel and Craig Eastmond started in the center of defence for Arsenal, with Nico Yennaris and Kyle Bartley coming on for the second period, so Wenger did concede that inexperience led to mistakes, but admitted that he was keeping a close eye over their progress.

He continued: "We let everybody play and some players are not yet at the level of the Premier League. It is a learning process. If you don't do it in preseason then you never do it - you give them a chance to see what is requested at the top level.

"I played all of the defenders during this tour to see who is ready and who is not. We have Bacary Sagna, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker at home - three experienced defenders."


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