Arsene Wenger says that teams that sit deep and defend create a ‘modern problem’ that teams like Arsenal need to find solutions for.
The Gunners have been relatively toothless in recent games, finding it hard to score against teams who have little ambition in attack, like Southampton, West Ham and Man Utd.
The Arsenal boss believe it’s up to his side to deal with this kind of set-up, but says it can leave you a precarious position late in games.
“Do the teams defend better?,” he asked. “You could say no, because we create more chances than anybody else.
“Are the chances of the same quality? I don’t know. There is no objective reason to have a verdict on that.
“Is it confidence? Is it the fact that the guys think we have absolutely to score? It’s difficult to know. But we have the chances, the quality of our game is there. But it’s true that at the moment, we cannot show it up with points.
“What is even worse you know if you have not scored in the last 10 minutes you will have to go through one moment, they will find one moment, one free kick or corner where you’ll be in trouble and that’s what could’ve happened at West Ham.
“That’s where you sit there you can lose the game where you’ve have 70 per cent of the ball.
“It is a modern problem. The defence gives you a new problem, you have to find a new solution.
“We are not far from it because you feel the quality of the game is there but we have to be more efficient to finish what we prepare.
“We have to create a situation that makes the game attractive. And we have to think that we play well enough, on our side, to make the game attractive.
“I love to think that is our responsibility.”
It might also be a case that teams defending is hardly a new development and the issue is that this current Arsenal side isn’t good enough to break them down.
The Frenchman also hinted that Alexandre Lacazette would be given the nod up front against Newcastle today because of his record at home.
“I feel if you look at his record, it’s quite good,” he said. “Especially at home. At home his scoring record is really good.
“Away from home, a bit less.”