Arsenal were handed a fantastic opportunity yesterday and they blew it, big time, by playing like a bunch of no-hopers and crumbling to another painful away defeat, but was that all that was blown away by Watford at Vicarage Road?
After the game with his comments on the Arsenal website Arsene Wenger did not sound as if he was holding on to much hope that his Arsenal team could recover from this and actually challenge for the Premier League trophy this season, especially with the Man City side under Pep Guardiola sweeping all before them and looking like champions already.
The boss said, “It will be difficult, of course. At the moment we are not looking too much at Man City, we are looking at ourselves. We have to bounce back from our disappointment today. We look like we can make results when we play our game like we did in the first half. But we need to be at the level like that for 90 minutes.”
To be perfectly honest, I do not think that the Gunners were all that great in the first half either. The headed opener from Per Mertesacker was our first attempt on target after all. The failure to grasp this great opportunity given by us playing last after Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool had all dropped points worries me as it suggests we just do not have the winning mentality needed to win the Premier League.
Does Wenger know this as well? Is he already looking at a top four finish as success this season?