After watching all of our rivals drop points on Saturday, it was obvious that Arsenal couldn’t just think they would have an easy game against Burnley yesterday afternoon, despite the Clarets’ dismal away record. And so it proved, as Burnley yet again frustrated us at every turn, just as they did at Turf Moor in the opposite leg.
Considering their position in the table, Paul Clement’s Swansea side looked confident and stylish at the start of yesterday’s game against Arsenal, and for the first half an hour they looked like they could take something from the game, until Olivier Giroud got his customary goal a game to give the Gunners a half-time lead.
As we all know Arsenal are making a habit of taking some some games for granted and thinking they just have to turn up to win the game. They did that against Bournemouth and had to go three goals down before they decided to take the game seriously. But they obviously didn’t learn from that as they did exactly the same thing against the mid-table Championship side Preston North End yesterday.
As usual Arsenal made the fans suffer in the first half against a team they should have beaten easily, but of course this was an FA Cup tie which we know regularly produces giant-killing performances from Lower League sides, and Arsene Wenger thinks that although he wasn’t happy with his own team’s performance, Preston deserve to be congratulated for making the Gunners work extremely hard to get into the draw for the Fourth Round.
I have very mixed feelings about this game. We should have won easily but found ourselves 3-0 down. It was a great comeback but Arsenal hardly looked like title challengers. Anyway here are my Player Ratings for the Bournemouth game.
Arsenal lost two away games in a row to go nine points behind the league leaders Chelsea as they were beaten by the gallant Manchester City side who rallied from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 in the match.
I know! It’s incredible isn’t it…. Arsenal were 1-0 up at Man City and cruising in the first half and looked like they were set for another easy three points, but can you darn believe it, that dang referee went and gave the game to the wrong side!
Anyone who was watching Arsenal go 1-0 up after 5 minutes and completely dominate the rest of half would have thought it impossible they could not go on and destroy Man City. The pass from Sanchez was sublime and surprisingly Walcott’s run was perfect and his finish was even better. Arsenal were all over City and were sure to make their dominance count.