Arsenal has struggled to defend this season which has been quite obvious and Unai Emery is planning a few tweaks at the back to ensure that it gets better for the next season.
Only eight teams conceded fewer goals than Arsenal in the most recent Premier League campaign as their defensive record drew comparisons to 17th placed Brighton and Hove Albion. The Gunners boss opted to change to a back three in order to strengthen up his defense but reports now claim that he will use a solid back four for the next season.
The Gunners let a top-four position in the Premier League slip away as they finished in fifth place on the table. Although Arsenal did manage to reach the final of the Europa League, they were hammered 4-1 by London rivals Chelsea.
The back three hampered and affected the overall play of the team and were bailed out of jail more often through the strike force of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. But if a team is conceding 70 goals across all competitions, one begins to doubt whether Arsenal is still considered a top team.
Swiss right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner has already left Arsenal electing to reject the one-year contract extension at the club. Club captain Laurent Koscielny also has only one year left on his current deal and the Frenchman will be allowed to leave for a suitable offer. Even Spanish left-back Nacho Monreal is at the exit door at the Emirates Stadium as Emery is preparing to offload the 33 year old for other transfer arrivals in the summer.
Arsenal is looking to step up competition for left-back Sead Kolasinac and will head into the summer with the idea of covering for the injured right-back Hector Bellerin as well. However, with a tight budget, Emery could be looking to sell other assets as well for newer arrivals at North London.
I think that Emery has a major task on his hands because Arsenal is an absolute shambles in defense. The back line needs reinforcements and could do with a few big summer signings this transfer window.