The famous Arsenal winning run at the end of the season seems to have petered out, and it looks like the third season in a row where the Gunners are spectacular for half a season and then rubbish for the other half. This is our third defeat in a row in all competitions for the first time since 2010, and the confidence of the players looks shot to pieces.
Olivier Giroud either hits weak shots straight at the keeper or hits the bar, and has now gone ten games without scoring. Alexis Sanchez has also lost his mojo and he doesn’t seem to have a first touch any more, if he still had it he would have had two certain goals last night.
This is now the fourth season in a row that we have failed to beat the Swans, and Arsene Wenger thinks that we were unlucky. “It was a very unlucky defeat because we created many chances, we were unlucky in our finishing and they only had two shots on target which were both goals. It’s a very disappointing result. The players are very down but we have to respond to that.”
And he was asked the obvious question about if our players had lost their confidence, and he mumbled: “It looks like it a bit.” A bit! A bit! Thanks to Leicester drawing and Tottenham losing at West Ham, Arsenal are still in the title race, but can we really see them going to White Hart Lane and causing a shock defeat on Tottenham? Wenger is still hoping for that famous “bounce back” that never seems to come any more. “We focus on our job and come back reminding ourselves that we have some quality as well. Of course we have to analyse it as well and bounce back. We have a big game in three days.
“At the moment I am worrying about our results. We just lost three games and that is always a very disappointing moment for the team. At the moment we don’t dream. We have to be realistic and come back to what we do well, the basics.”
There is nothing wrong with the basics Wenger, what we need to do is start putting the ball in the back of the net. Joel Campbell was a breath of fresh air and his finish was spectacular to put us in the lead, but why couldn’t the rest of the team put one of our other chances away to finish the game off?