It was a horror. It was like watching a blonde girl going upstairs to check what noise she just heard before she got slaughtered by Jason Voorhees – you knew it’s going to happen, you were yelling at your monitor: “Don’t do it!” but she still went there and there was nothing you could do about it.
Being on top for the biggest part of the game only to lose by an own-goal and a counter-attack against one of the bitterest of rivals in the league was a huge blow for every Gooner out there.
Here are the pointers from the game:
1.We should sign an exorcist before the next home match.
We have played six games at home in the league this term and ten in all competitions. We have won just four of them (Crystal Palace 2:1, Bešiktaš 1:0, Galatasaray 4:1, Burnley 3:0), drawn four and lost two. We had a lead in three matches that ended as a draw (Manchester City 2:2, Hull City 2:2, Anderlecht 3:3), we had scored first before Southampton turned the game around and we were the much better team against both Spuds and Manchester United respectively in the league but got only a sole point from those two matches. It seemed logical to place a bet on either matches with Arsenal the favourites but even a matched betting guide couldn’t have predicted such a un-clinical performance from the Gunners.
It seems that opponents play with more freedom on our own soil than we do. Something has to change as poor home form rarely comes along with a title.
Not to mention how our players miss a lot of big opportunities to score while the opponents rarely need a second chance.
2.We should sign an exorcist before our every match, actually.
Everything that could have gone wrong so far has gone wrong – injuries, poor referee decisions, mistakes made by the manager, mistakes made by the players…everything. It’s like a giant cloud filled with crap is camping above a stadium where our game takes place and hits only our players’ heads. It’s frustrating to watch this sort of bad luck over and over again.
3.Danny Welbeck has to throw away Gervinho’s and Kaba Diawara’s notes about shooting.
It’s impossible to dislike Danny Welbeck. His work-rate made him an instant hero (well, at least for me) and the way he finds himself in goal-scoring opportunities suggests that he is a player of rare intelligence. However, his finishing has been dreadful. He should have at least ten goals to his name by now but somehow his shots either hit the goalkeeper or go wide/above.
The fact he has scored just two goals in 786 minutes in the league for Arsenal (he needs almost 4.5 games to score one goal) says a lot about his profligacy. With Olivier Giroud’s impressive cameo, Welbeck might lose his spot as the central forward. The Englishman has experience in winning trophies so he should have more of a winning mentality than most of his team-mates. And I mention this because…
4.It seems Arsene Wenger’s inferiority complex in big matches has been transferred to his players.