16 Unbeaten – Papering Over The Cracks? by Dan Smith
Two years ago, Manchester United were boasting about an unbeaten run they had put together. To the rest of us it was the most pointless sequence of results ever. A team whose ambition was to qualify for the Champion’s League were in 6th
place. When they finally tasted defeat, they were still in…..6th place. Sound familiar?
Arsenal’s late equaliser against Wolves made it 16 unbeaten yet in the process the gap between us and the top 4 grew. The same was happening last weekend when some fans were getting way too carried away by our draw with Liverpool. It led to a few players detailing the differences between the current and the old regime. Again, this is despite those same players yet to achieve anything different than what we saw last season. The danger of course is that we would get complacent and take Wolves lightly.
I credit Uni Emery for improving the mentality, we have the habit of winning fixtures while not playing well, but we were never going to keep getting away with how we are starting matches, incredibly we are yet to be winning in the League at half time. It has papered over the cracks, with more performances average then good.
In the same week where senior players have spoken about what has changed, they went and did exactly the same.