Premier League focus

Covering all bases

September 8, 2011
By Norman Hubbard
The scorelines came straight from the 1950s, the remedies from the 21st century. When the Premier League paused for the international break, it was with Tottenham and Arsenal conceding a combined 13 goals to the Mancunian rivals.

The response was swift and expressed in the transfer market. But if personnel problems helped explain the thrashings, so did systemic failings. Because the August goal glut has been notable for the absence of defensive midfielders from the contributing sides.
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