Arsenal buckling under pressure? by Sam P
When all the football pundits were dismissing Arsenal and our chances of winning the Premier League title a couple of years ago, it really wound me up, as we were top of the table and playing the best football. But we did not win that title after falling away halfway into the campaign.
I was convinced that our terrible injury problems were the main cause, and there is no doubt that it was a big problem, but after watching Arsenal freeze for the second home game in a row against Liverpool, I wonder if the accusation about the team’s winning mentality and not holding it together for a full season could be a factor.
I know that we can handle pressure because we have got ourselves out of a lot of sticky situations in the past. But could it be that we are struggling to handle the role of favourites or front runners? There is no doubt that our great form from last season and pre-season has deserted the players for some reason and I think that all the positivity and expectation could be the reason. It has got to the players.
At least the performance improved in the second half against liverpool and we started to look like Arsenal again. But the TV pundits instantly talked about transfers and I am not sure that this is the problem. Did we not hammer Liverpool with the same players last season?
It’s not the players, it is getting them to play. Wenger must have expected more from them tonight, so is that why he is not trying to sign anyone?