Arsenal boss Unai Emery insists he has not thrown Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin into the first-team yet because he wants to use all of the defenders available to him.
The pair are just returning back to full fitness after suffering long-term injuries last season and have only be utilised in the Europa League so far.
Tierney is yet to make his Premier League debut for the Gunners since his £35m move from Celtic in the summer.
Bellerin has been out since suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament against Chelsea in January.
Arsenal have made a solid start to the new campaign but a 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United in the Premier League on Monday night highlighted several problems within the team.
In defence it seems the same old problems that have affected the team for years are still on show.
Emery brought in David Luiz in the summer to try and help in that department but they have kept only two Premier League clean sheets so far this season and conceded 12 goals.
Rob Holding was another unused substitute at Bramall Lane after his return from injury and fans are now calling for him, along with Tierney and Bellerin to be given more game time.
Emery explained that he wants to make full use of his contingent of defenders when asked whether his best ones have been left out of his Premier League starting XI.
“We are improving defensively. We’re receiving less goals,” said the Spaniard.
“I don’t want to achieve the best defensive solution with one group of players… It’s for all the players.”
The pressure on Emery is intensifying already this season with many insisting that they are not seeing any progress under him.
This has led to comparisons to previous boss Arsene Wenger whose last few years at the Emirates were tough.
And stats have shown that Wenger did better in his last 47 matches at the helm than Emery since he replaced the Frenchman last year.
The 47-year-old says he is aware of the criticism but is solely concentrating on winning games.
Emery added: “In my career it’s normal to have difficult moments and criticism for our work and my job.
“We are in one point of view. The supporters point of view and their opinion, we need to accept that.
“We need to think how we can, little by little, progress and achieve our targets. Immediately that’s to win.”
“I am very confident in the players, in our job, in our work, in the club strategy and in our way.”