Arsenal are scoring goals for fun at the minute, and they are coming from all over the team, butwe cannot rely on outscoring the opposition all the time. The defence has been worryingly porous for some time, and if the Gunners do not sort it out soon then it will cost us dearly.
Arsenal have only failed to score once since the end of August, against Schalke in the Champions league but we have not taken enough points because of defensive lapses. Arsenal have kept just two clean sheets since the end of August, which is just not good enough.
Mertesacker was the main culprit against Spurs, but he has been in good form so hopefully it was just an off day. He left Defoe and Adebayor an ocean of space for the first goal and failed to close down Bale for the second. It seems to be a general nervousness in the Arsenal defence, which was very apparent at 4-2. If Spurs had got a third then panic may have set in, but we got away with it.
We need Gibbs back, but the rest of the defence needs to get the nerves out of their system. We travel to Aston Villa next week, and a clean sheet would do us the world of good. If we are not compact in defence the following week at Everton then we could be in trouble.