Arsenal survive second half scare to beat Brentford by Konstantin Mitov
Them wins keep on coming people! Again though it wasn’t easy. We made it difficult for ourselves. What was plain obvious to me was the lack of quality in defense and midfield.
Guendouzi for all the talent he showed, lately more and more looks like a former League 2 player, and his mistake cost us. His performance was so bad, I missed Xhaka.
We have an obvious drop of quality in midfield. We no longer have a creative mastermind like Fabregas or Santi. We don’t have a defensive rock like Gilberto either. Elneny is a lovely squad player, but he doesn’t cut it. There is promise in Torreira, but the squad still looks unbalanced.
There is still adjustment to the new system. The playing out of the back doesn’t work so far in my opinion, but we do need to spend more money in defense. I just don’t think Mustafi can do the job but help from midfield is needed. Also the lack of wingers is a huge contribution to this.
Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi have a job to do in January. Our attack right now is carrying us through. Danny Welbeck, Auba and Lacazette all show good form and we have great pace going forward. I know Emery said he prefers winning 5-4 rather than 1-0, but we must address these problems as better teams will capitalize on this.
Right now I am struggling to define the style of Arsenal under Emery apart from the playing out of the back thing. The other reoccurring theme has been the second half improvements that helped us win games where we weren’t playing particularly well.
It was very funny when Cech dropped the news that Arsene cared more about how we play rather than actual results, which was pretty obvious. Right now results keep on rolling our way against the lesser sides. We have a tricky game against Watford at the weekend. They were very unlucky against Spurs in the league cup and they could cause our shaky defense some problems.
But right now looking at our neighbors, they and United will be our challenge for the top 4 spot. The Spurs bench isn’t nearly as good as their starting 11 and lack of signings is something we must capitalize on. Another is the feud Mourinho has with Pogba in Manchester. He’ll be gone soon as he reachs the typical Jose point where it’s everybody else’s fault and we have to make the most of the opportunity to put some distance between us and them before they gather some pace.
Lastly I enjoyed Chelsea beating Liverpool. All this talk of how great Liverpool are before they’ve played one decent team was annoying me. They’ve still won nothing and I’ve seen so many Liverpool teams coming close before “slipping up” and breaking down. Anyway, those 2 teams are playing in the league next and we could cut some gap between us and the leading teams, so hopefully we can win and with some luck perhaps put another clean sheet on the board?
Anyway, that’s me done for today. Hope you have an amazing week. See you in the comments.