There is a lot said about Arsenal and I do not just mean among us Gooners. In a way I feel that the Gunners are a golden goose for the football media because, in the last 10 years at least, we have been arguably the most entertaining team in the Premier League while also lurching from crisis to disaster and then pulling things out of the fire.
This has given people so much to talk about but I also think it has made reporters lazy when it comes to writing about Arsenal. They all seem to jump on the bandwagon and they do love flogging a dead horse given half a chance. We are still seeing it now to be honest.
If Arsenal concede a sloppy goal then all the talk will be about our ‘well known’ defensive weakness, never mind the fact that the statistics actually show the opposite. Other favourites are that we have a ‘soft centre’ or that we are ‘complacent’ or that we only have one way of playing, are prone to injuries and any number of other criticisms. They don’t like it up em Captain Mainwaring.
I have got well used to hearing the same old tired cliches used about Arsenal but one that I do have some sympathy with is the theory that we are not very good when expected to win and only play our best when really under pressure. I do believe that there is something to this, although our fall from the top of the table two years ago was more to do with injuries than dealing with pressure.
But we have shown many times, like Monaco last year and the last two EPL games, that we can stumble just when everyone starts to expect. On the flip side, Arsenal have produced some stunning results when nobody thought we could, such as beating Bayern Munich this season and away a couple of years back.
Anyway, I think that we are now under pressure again and hopefully the team will pull out another great performance as we have done in the past. Pressure? Pile it on I say because it does seem to bring the best out of the Gunners. Do you agree?