All Arsenal fans are well aware that we have had a brilliant unbeaten record until today, but we also know that we really haven’t played so well. And defensively we have only had one clean sheet in ten games, so it is perhaps quite lucky that we have gone so far unbeaten.
The one positive to Arsenal’s unbeaten run ending is it can no longer paper over the cracks. Our sequence of results seemed to make Unai Emery immune from any criticism, with some gooners feeling he hasn’t had enough credit from the media. That could be because, rewind to the summer and most pundits predicted we would be in a battle for the top 4, as our 22-game streak ends we find ourselves …. 5th, not good enough for Arsenal fans under the man he replaced.
There is still a LOT of work to be done. We produced another shocking performance at St. Marys which should not be put down to the injury problems at the back! We’ve been defending awfully the whole season. The goals we conceded were all the more shocking by the fact, they were pretty much exactly the same.
The Saints may not have won a home game all season, but they definitely started in a lively fashion and went toe-to-toe with Arsenal right from kickoff. It was a strange line-up from Emery and it looked like we were going to have our usual slow start, and so it proved with Danny Ings putting the home side in front after just 20 minutes with a bullet header that left Leno stranded.
We all knew that Unai Emery was going to pick lots of Arsenal youngsters for tonight’s game against Qarabag, and we certainly saw a lot of them in the starting line-up tonight. But it was one of our oldest players on the pitch (other than Koscielny lol) that scored our opening goal in Alexandre Lacazette.
Arsenal had all the possession but zero penetration other than through the magic feet on Lucas Torreira, but three points is three points. We hardly reached the heights of the last week but we have earned a well deserved rest after 7 points in 8 days….
Here are my ratings:
Arsenal secure another gritty win by Konstantin Mitov
Good morning, evening or whatever part of the day or night is Arsenal people. We took on Huddersfield and a lot of people were expecting a pretty easy win and but it was anything but that. We had 2 excellent chances in the first half to finally have the lead at halftime but somehow Auba and Lacca squandered them.
Fighting Arsenal take a good point at Old Trafford by Konstantin Mitov
Hello lovely Arsenal people! It’s a good time to be an Arsenal fan. We went to Old Trafford after a huge win vs Tottenham and for the first time in ages put a performance that was worthy of all three points!