Arsenal’s season has not really got going yet, with the team struggling to convert their possession into results in recent games. As a result, we are in a mid table position with five draws from eight games, and several of those draws have been come-from-behind affairs.
The same was the case against Anderlecht midweek, with the Gunners losing until the final few minutes of the game until a quickfire double by Gibbs and Podolski gave us the valuable three points. While it is true that the team is showing character by coming from behind, it is worrying that a team of the stature of Arsenal is unable to cleanly win fixtures.
Per Mertesacker echoed this view during a recent interview, and clearly stated that the Gunners were not good enough and that they were looking to improve by training harder.
Everyone knows that it was a difficult start for us and our confidence is not where we want it to be. The character is good, the mentality is good but, football-wise, we lack a few things.
Our passing game is not as efficient as last year. We have to admit we are not at our best, be honest with ourselves and train harder.
We have to do better with our own possession to put more pressure on the [opposition], not lose so many balls in the middle of the park and play more in the wide areas. However, the finishing is just great at the moment and that keeps me believing and in a good mood.
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Everyone was really happy after the game and that creates belief and togetherness. That really helps us come back to full strength.
The comeback 2-1 win seems to have infused the side with fresh confidence, and hopefully when we travel tomorrow to face Sunderland the Gunners will be able to secure the three points without a hitch. Apart from the game against Aston Villa, we have not really played up to potential this season, but with players like Walcott and Arteta returning from injury maybe now is the time to start showing our quality.