Arsenal have not dramatically improved this season, says Charlie Nicholas

Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud of Arsenal during the Champions League Group Stage match between Bayern and Arsenal at the Allianz Arena on November 4
Image: Arsenal lost 5-1 at Bayern Munich on Wednesday night

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes Arsenal have not dramatically improved this season and are still vulnerable defensively.

Arsenal currently sit second in the Premier League table, equal with league leaders Manchester City on 25 points. 

The Gunners had 17 points after 11 games, and were sixth in the table after losing at Swansea this time last year.

Live Ford Super Sunday

But speaking ahead of the north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham - live on Sky Sports - Nicholas does not feel Arsenal have performed much better this season despite their league position.

"I think Arsenal are what they are, I don't think it's dramatically improved, it's slightly better," he told Soccer Saturday.

Mertesacker: We must hush Spurs

Mertesacker: We must hush Spurs

Per Mertesacker is hoping Arsenal keep Tottenham as quiet as possible in the north London derby

"The cohesion of the team domestically is a bit better and they're coping at the moment without the vast injuries that they have."

Nicholas also highlighted Arsenal's defensive vulnerabilities witnessed in a 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Also See:

Charlie Nicholas
Image: Charlie Nicholas questions Arsenal's strength defensively

"I think the vulnerabilities Arsenal have been there for the last eight years," he explained.

"Everybody knows you can get at them defensively, they've improved a bit as their record this season tells you and they're eight points better off than they were this time last season. It's a team that's improved in terms of the performances of Ozil in particular going forward.

"Sanchez we know what he gives you. Giroud is not playing well for me yet but he's nicking a few goals so the positive side is still the attacking side."

Santi Cazorla: In action against Everton at the Emirates stadium
Image: Santi Cazorla struggles defensively, according to Charlie Nicholas

The former Arsenal forward also questions the position of Santi Cazorla in the team as he's playing predominantly as a central midfielder this season rather higher up the pitch.

"I'm still unsure whether Cazorla is right for certain games in the deep lying midfield," he said.

"He's got wonderful ability, two great feet but when you're asking him to do the other side of these games the hard yards, it's a difficult process for him. I think he was one of those who were exposed against Bayern."

Around Sky