Kolo Toure's injury is a blessing in disguise for Gunners

It's no surprise that Theo Walcott is getting all the headlines for Saturday’s three points – he’s the man in vogue at the moment, and rightly so.

But one thing is for sure – the Gunners defence is weak. Admittedly, we dominated Saturday’s second half to such an extent, after Manuel Almunia had denied Yakubu, there was little to trouble us.

While some consideration has to be given to the absence of Bacary Sagna and Willie Gallas, let’s be honest, our defence is not capable of coping with aerial bombardments even when they are both fit.

Apart from their goal, Everton could well have extended their lead when Joleon Lescott headed a corner goalwards – thank heavens for Gael Clichy’s positioning – the defence is the weakest part of our game.

We were all crying out for a dominant central defender in the summer – and the number of goals we have conceded at corners and set plays is testament to the fans’ wisdom.

That said, Mikael Silvestre grew imperiously as the game developed and his form could be key to any lingering hopes we have of success in the championship.

While there are still doubts about William Gallas’s form and performances as captain, my main concern is with Kolo Toure. Yep, he has made a few decent tackles this season, but at the same time, his ability to lead the line has been in some doubt.

For me, it all started at the African Nations’ Cup and Toure hasn’t been the same player since. It’s as if he needs a good old kick up the arse to get him wound up and dominating the game from the back in the way we know he can.

With the squad so youthful and lacking experience, I can well understand why his presence is considered important in the team. The sad fact is that he is wilting under offensive pressure and not putting his head where it hurts at set plays.

Every time a team gets a corner, we hold our breath, anticipating the worst. It should not be this way.

So with Toure's absence tomorrow confirmed, it seems like the best time to give Johann Djourou a run in the side.

Unlike any of his central defensive rivals, he is tall, he has the ability to dominate in the air and take control of games.

Perhaps he is a little subdued at times when he could do with being more assertive, but with the likes of Gallas berating him, it cannot be easy.

Remember the captain having a go at him in the opening game of the season when in fact it was a Gallas mistake that created a WBA opening and Djourou who saved the day?

Djourou rarely lets us down and the fact that he has retained his place in the squad while Phil Senderos has been loaned out suggests that even Arsène Wenger thinks he is the better option.

If he has recovered from last week’s concussion, then Djourou and Silvestre should be our starting defensive pairing with Eboue at right back.

While I think Alex Song has a part to play at Arsenal, it’s not in defence in the intimidating cauldron that is Fenerbahce.