Yet again Arsenal conceded a goal against Bournemouth and we have the awful record of just two clean sheets in our 13 Premier League games so far, despite Unai Emery tinkering with his choices of defenders and different defensive formations. But the fact is that Arsenal do not lose games any more, and they win most of them, so if you wanted to you could pick Arsenal to win every week and showcase your tips against OLBG’s tipsters in their free-to-enter tipster competition and see how your choices compare to all the other experts.
Although we are still getting great results, our extremely experienced Greek defender Sokratis is well aware that we still have a long way to go to get it right. He told Arsenal.com: “We are around 70-80 per cent [of our potential],”
“We need to improve sometimes to not lose the ball or when we have the ball to finish the action and score.
“That is the difference, we need to improve and we know this. We work every day and I am happy that I am part of a team that works very good together.
“We have confidence [we can get into the top four] but it is not easy. Next week is very important, it is good that we didn’t lose points because we go full of confidence and we will see.
“Of course we need to improve, of course we would like to put Arsenal in the top teams in the Premier League – we try every day for this.
“It will be difficult against Tottenham. You have a lot of games, everything gets changed – a lot of players. It is difficult but what can I say? For now we are not bad, we are good.
“It will be a very important game – but I don’t think it is a game that can give you the Champions League. For example, if we win against Tottenham and lose some other games, it is the same thing.
“For me, it is very important that in every game we look different, we go for the win in every game and in the end we will see how it is going. But of course Tottenham is a very important game.”
I think that sounds like Sokratis is a bit worried about the North London Derby next week, which is only understandable considering the way the Spuds blew Chelsea away in the first half last week. We either need to defend like hell right from the off and try to frustrate Tottenham until we up our game in the second half, or we could be in trouble.
Is Sokratis right to be worried?