By Richard Clarke

Three of the five goals Arsenal have conceded this season have come from corners.
Two turned out to be winners but surely the most costly came on Saturday in the deeply disappointing defeat to Hull.

Yet, according to Arsène Wenger, that was not necessarily a mistake. The Arsenal manager was much more concerned about the other two they have let-in.

“The corner against Hull can happen,” said the Frenchman. “It was a well-taken corner that came in at full power and it deflected. But the corner against Bolton and the one against Fulham just cannot happen.”

After the defeat against Hull, Wenger was quoted as saying his defence was small. Speaking ahead of the Champions League game against Porto on Tuesday, he clarified his comments.

“It is not only in the centre backs where we are short of height,” he said. “I am thinking about the total size of the team. I put in Alex Song for this reason at Bolton.

“We have worked on balls in the air [in training since Saturday] but if you put us against a basketball player, who is two metres five tall, it is difficult to get the ball.”

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30 Sep 2008