After giving my best ever ratings for the win against Southampton, I am very sad to have to post one of the worst for this abysmal home defeat to Watford. One thing should be said… this was a completely different side than the one that beat the Saints. This one was supposed to be Wenger’s best XI!
Arsenal had won their last 9 games against Watford at home up until last season when the Hornets arrived for an FA Cup match (a competition that we hadn’t lost a game in for 3 seasons) but we let our North London neighbours bully our stars off the ball and surprisingly lost the game 2-1 after going 2-0 down.
On form, talent and squad strength, there was absolutely no way that anyone could have predicted that Arsenal would have suffered there first home defeat to Watford since 1988, but somehow Arsenal always manage to do this once or twice a season, and almost always when it is in a must-win game.
Why Oh Why! Why didn’t Arsenal play the same team that destroyed Southampton on Saturday, as our so-called rested first team were absolutely awful in the first half. Why do we always go into games against so-called lower level teams thinking that we only have to turn up?
Arsenal gave Southampton a masterclass lesson at St Mary’s yesterday, and considering that a lot of our players were regarded as fringe players or returning crocks only makes it even more impressive. But how did you rate the individual performances?
David Ospina 8
Didn’t have much to do but did it well….
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.