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Wenger: Arsenal's defence now much stronger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is confident that the changes he has made to the Gunners rearguard will be borne out by the statistics at the end of the season. "I believe we will have to see at the end of the season," Wenger told the Gunners' official website.

"But we conceded too many goals last year and we decided to rectify our defence and the system we play.

"I believe that by the end of this season we will have conceded less goals but somewhere as well we encourage the team to go for an offensive game and sometimes we pay the price for that a little bit."

The Frenchman also insists that he has a high-quality roster of keepers from which to choose.

"Yes I believe we have [enough quality]," he affirmed. "Goalkeeper is a very difficult position. Why? It is the only position where you have only negative stress. People speak only about you when you have made a mistake.

"A striker has positive stress - he has a pressure to score but if he scores he is always a hero, he is always fantastic. But a goalkeeper is only spoken about when he lets a goal in or when he makes a mistake and it is a difficult position.

"As well the modern rules, every rule that has come out in football has taken something away from the keeper.

"That means basically today he must be good with his feet, good with his hands, be very quick, be highly focused for 90 minutes, not make any technical mistakes - and it makes the job very hard.

"You see on Wednesday night even if a young goalkeeper makes a mistake [like Dida for Milan, who fumbled the ball against Real Madrid] you say he is not at the level to play in this league. But even the most experienced goalkeepers make mistakes."

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