Were Arsenal unlucky to concede that penalty that turned our away game at Watford on it’s head and saw the Gunners slip to yet another defeat away in the Premier League this season? Yes, but although the Watford forward Richarlison played for it and went down after the briefest of contacts with Hector Bellerin, we cannot ignore the fact that this was a peer performance that was punished.
Bellerin said after the game it should not have been a penalty and although Arsene Wenger did not go on too much about it he clearly felt the same, but it should not have mattered so much. A better side would have scored more before the penalty incident and also defended better afterwards.
Instead of hitting back to ensure the right result, the Arsenal team went to pieces and only had themselves to blame for getting nothing from the match. We were sluggish on the ball, toothless up front and then awful at the back. Not exactly the formula to win football matches.
It was not just the odd individual performance that was poor, although there were plenty of our players guilty of that, it was the entire team on another disappointing day that felt like deja vu to us Arsenal fans.