17209 - Malouda has blame Chelsea's defence for their loss

Chelsea winger Florent Malouda has pointed the finger at the club's shaky defence for their recent problems.

Despite losing key players such as John Terry and Alex to injury, Chelsea still possess the best defensive record in the Premier League and have conceded only 12 goals in 17 matches this season, but they have not kept a clean sheet for five league matches. The club have won only one of the last seven Premier League games and Malouda believes he knows why.

"We have one of the most prolific attacks in the league, but I think the reason we have dropped is because we're not defending so well," he said. "When you look at the records, we kept a lot of clean sheets at the beginning of the season and now we're conceding goals."

However, the stats show that Chelsea have scored only four goals in their past seven matches and coach Carlo Ancelotti has accepted that a lack of goals has been his side's undoing.

The Italian thinks that the return of Didier Drogba to form and fitness will play a key role in the turnaround and claims the Ivorian striker has been revitalised ahead of the clash against Arsenal - a side against whom he has scored 13 goals in 13 games.

"We need Drogba to come back to the performances he had last year and the goal against Tottenham was very good for his attitude," Ancelotti said. "He has not been in a good condition. He had difficulty to play with malaria and he found it difficult to train.

"I put him in the last few games even though he was not 100% because we need to have his character and his personality. Now his condition is better. He had a good reaction after coming on as a substitute in the last game, this is the important thing. Following the goal against Tottenham he will show us a different Drogba in the next game against Arsenal."