Arsene Wenger continually tells us that Arsenal is an attacking team and never set out to try and get a draw, but after yesterday I think I will be using any Mybet partnercode to back a draw at half time in every Arsenal match. Right from the beginning of yesterday’s defeat at Wembley it looked like we were happy to sit back and hope for a quick breakaway. This tactic simply doesn’t suit us and we certainly don’t have the defenders and midfielders that can close down a game.
We were lucky to get to half-time with a clean sheet, but we didn’t get even one shot on target which is simply not the way Arsenal play. That is why Wenger bought even more strikers in January, so we can score more than our opponents, but that was hardly the case yesterday. We did try to assert ourselves towards the end of the second half, as Hector Bellerin said, it was too little too late. “Yes, but we waited too long. In the first half, we were waiting for something to happen. We didn’t create chances, we didn’t have the ball like we should have done and then in the second half we paid for it. We need to take the initiative a bit more, to attack more and keep the ball because we didn’t do that today. In the second half, at the end they were tired, the weren’t pressing as much and we were creating a bit more space so we had chances. It’s a bit frustrating because you could see that we could have gone home with a point or even three. I think we weren’t at the standard required, so it’s something to look at for the next game.”
The next game may be too late as we are already 7 points behind Tottenham and our next League game is against Man City straight after the League Cup Final, but Bellerin is not giving up on us still making the Top Four. “There’s still plenty of games to play. There are loads of points still to play for, so we need to look forward. We can’t just be stuck looking back at this game. We need to analyse, need to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes and we’ve still got quite a few games to play. We still need to play some of the big teams in the top six as well, so we’ll see. You never know what can happen in the Premier League.”
There is nothing wrong with being positive and we could get ourselves a run going against smaller teams after the City match, but it looks like it is going to be ‘too little too late’ again this season. But would you back Arsenal to win any game away from the Emirates?