Arsenal are back in pole position for a top three finish in the Premier League after both Leicester and Southampton did us a big favour today by taking points off the two Manchester clubs. But will Arsenal grab the chance to finish the season in a strong way and at least take the positive of not finishing lower than last time and earning an automatic place in the Champions League group stage?
We all know that stats against Southampton show that Arsenal completely dominated the game. 70% possession, 22 shots on target.. but we just couldn’t score. Arsene Wenger was pleased with the performance and the energy shown by the players, but bemoans the fact that not one of them could put the ball in the net!
Get a grip Arsenal fans by Sam P
As Aaron Ramsey said ‘It was one of those games’. Arsenal made a 1000 chances but as usual the opposing goalkeeper plays an absolute blinder. It’s not the first time its happened and it certainly won’t be the last, that is very very easy to predict.
It really does seem clear that Arsenal cannot cope with expectations. Every time Arsene Wenger and the players have a good run and get the team into a good position with even the heavily critical TV pundits starting to believe it could be our year, something goes wrong and Arsenal fail to live up to the expectations.
Just a few weeks ago, Arsenal fans were praising Petr Cech for saving the Gunners a point with a clean sheet against Stoke City, but last night’s 0-0 against Southampton was a completely different kettle of fish and Cech was his usual efficient self but it wasn’t him that saved the points this time.
So the Gunners have now completed three full games without putting the ball in the back of the net once, but last night against Southampton it certainly wasn’t through lack of chances. The first half was a bit more even and it was Mesut Ozil that came the closest a few times and we had to wait until the 44th minute before we saw Olivier Giroud kneeling down with his head in his hands, which is traditional celebration after a miss….
By the time we get to the end of February Arsenal should be in the quarter-finals of the FA cup and we will also have a much better idea if we have got any chance of getting to the same stage of the Champions League as Barcelona will already have been to north London for the first part of our two legged tie.
So we come back to a discussion about bogey teams and how they always give Arsenal a tough game no matter the respective League positions, well Southampton are rapidly becoming our latest bogey team.