Once again Arsenal fans have had to sit and watch our team fail to keep up the momentum and growing confidence that was building up after four good performances and three good results in a row. We were simply awful at the start of today’s Premier League game against Stoke City and once their ythird goal went in on the stroke of halftime, we gave ourselves too much to do.
The second half performance may have rescued a bit of self belief, but we failed to capitalise on our opponent’s poor form and our rivals’ struggles and it is not the first time that it has happened to us.
Right from the start this has been the story of the season for Arsenal. A good win over Man City and then a rare opening day victory was then ruined by the Gunners getting just one win in the next six games, although it was the vital one that got us into the Champions League group stage.
Then two morale boosting wins over Aston Villa and Galatasaray also failed to produce the expected turnaround, with a defeat by Chelsea and a draw with Hull City making the fans fret once more. But foirtune seemed to finally smile on Arsenal with that incredible late reversalagainst Anderlecht in Belgium.
That was followed by two clean sheets and wins and an apparently unassailable lead in the home tie with Anderlecht, but we all know what happened next and the same thing just happened today, our defending as a team just disappearing and it now seems we are back to square one again.
In recent years we have put together some fantastic runs but we do not seem able to keep any momentum going this time. Is that because of all the injury problems, do you think, or is there a more worrying issue with the Gunners? So many false starts must surely be getting to Wenger and the players, because it is certainly doing my head in. What do you think Gooners?