With Arsenal having won their last 12 League games in a row at the Emirates, we should have been full of confidence despite the fact we were playing Mourinho’s mMn United, but our 13th game proved to be one step too far. Arsenal never stopped attacking Man United’s goal for the whole 90 minutes of yesterday’s game but came away with less than nothing. We know that Arsene Wenger was angry after the poor defensive performance, but how did Petr Cech feel when his two best defenders gave away the two early goals and he had to pick the ball out of the net?
“It is an unlucky game,” Cech said. “but we need to make sure that when we create chances in a big game we score and don’t make mistakes, which the game was decided by at the start with our two mistakes and they scored. At the half-time we were sure after having so many chances that if we scored it would be on, and I thought after 2-1 they missed a big chance and we had a few chances to equalise. We thought it would be the turning point but unfortunately they scored a third goal and the efficiency in front of goal decided the game. There are not many times you play United and you dominate the whole game, having so many chances, so this is positive, but we are disappointed.
“We played against Huddersfield and we were on the other side of it. We had a spell where we had four shots and everything went in, this time it was the opposite. Obviously you need to make sure before every game that you give everything, and we completely dominated most of the game but got nothing out of it, so it’s disappointing.”
We couldn’t have picked a worse game to get “unlucky” in, with United jumping back up to a 7 point lead over us in second place, and now we seriously have a very steep hill to climb to regain the points.
Is that the end of our title chances for this season, even if Man City collapse spectacularly…