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Jenas: Arsenal not good enough defensively to finish in top four

Former Premier League midfielder Jermaine Jenas reckons that Arsenal’s weakness in defence will ultimately cost Unai Emery’s side a place in the top four this season.

Arsenal have been on a superb run of form in recent months, winning 11 games on the trot in all competitions, before yesterday’s 2-2 draw away to Crystal Palace.

Despite the Gunners excellent run of form and Emery’s side playing some breathtaking attacking football at times the North London outfit have looked far from convincing at the back throughout the vast majority of their games and Jenas believes this defensive vulnerability will be exposed the longer the season goes on.

“It is probably harsh to say that Arsenal are overachieving with their 11 consecutive wins, which under any circumstances is a wonderful achievement.’’ Jenas writes in the Daily Mail.

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“And even as a former Tottenham player, it’s just good to see a change of atmosphere at the club and in the stadium, which was depressing last season.

“This side will always score goals and some, as against Fulham and Leicester, will be among the best we see. Going forwards they have the players to do that.

“However, whether they can sustain this run and stay in the top four is questionable. I still don’t think they will be good enough defensively over the season to do that.

“The back four doesn’t convince me and that is usually the foundation for a top side.”

Arsenal currently sit fourth in the Premier League table after 10 games.

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