GOALS WILL COME: Wenger's verdict on Arsenal v West Brom

There has been a lot written lately about Arsenal’s defensive frailties and Arsene Wenger’s apparent reluctance to bring in new faces to shore up the back line. But, for those who do not get it, in his first post-match email of the season Le Boss has admitted that this is where our problems lay during the last campaign.

There has been a lot written lately about Arsenal’s defensive frailties and Arsene Wenger’s apparent reluctance to bring in new faces to shore up the back line. But in his first post-match email of the season Le Boss has admitted that this is where our problems lay during the last campaign.

“It was not so much offensively we were punished last year, it was defensively,” says Wenger.

But with no new signings coming in to boost Arsenal’s choice of personnel for the back four, I can only guess that Wenger has faith in his existing players and perhaps wants to push the likes of Johan Djourou, Philippe Senderos and Alexandre Song to stake their claim for a starting slot.

Whether you agree with that decision or not, it seems likely now that those will be the players, along with Kolo Toure and William Gallas, who will contest the centre back positions.

Turning back to the Premier League curtain raiser, Le Gaffer admits he was not surprised that his team didn’t score more against West Brom.

“After the physical game we had on Wednesday night I was worried before the game that we would not be sharp, but we made a good start and were always in control. Only issue was that we could not finish the game off,” he writes.

And in a move that will no doubt please some of the Baggies fans who were checking out pre-match coverage the other day, Arsene pays tribute to the Premier League new boys for the way in which they approached the game...

“West Brom defended intelligently and played in a positive way,” notes Wenger. “You expected them at some stage to crumble but they never did and they kept going until the last second of the game. They have fantastic spirit and a positive attitude towards the game. They were not dirty, they were resilient and well organised.”

As a result, Le Boss was relieved that Manuel Almunia managed a clean sheet.

But as for the scarcity of goals, Arsene is happy to be patient with his players as they get back their sharpness in and around the penalty area.

“I'm not really worried about the lack of goals because I don't feel we were sharp enough to finish off what we created,” he confesses. “I believe when everyone is fit we can create clear cut chances. At times against West Brom the final ball was not good enough, too heavy, not timed well enough, and I feel we will improve a lot on that.”

And Le Prof leaves his final observation to latest signing Samir Nasri, who nabbed the only goal of the game.

“Nasri has shown he is an intelligent player, he has good technique and can integrate well with the team,” observes Wenger. “He also worked hard for the team. On Saturday he added something that people wanted from him in France; that was to score goals. He had started to score some goals towards the end of last season and had a scoring start on Saturday.”

Although players such as Cesc Fabregas, Tomas Rosicky, Abou Diaby and Philippe Senderos are recovering from injury, none are expected to return for Saturday’s trip to Fulham.

And with a number of players now away on international duty, Le Boss will join the rest of us Gooners in hoping that his already slimline squad does not suffer any further setbacks in the midweek friendlies. Yes, of course I’m talking about Robin van Persie.