OK Arsenal won but Burnley showed up the same old problem

Reasons for Arsenal concern after Burnley struggles by Dave N.

I am not sure why all the Arsenal fans are so happy and upbeat today. Yes I know that we won for the fourth game in a row, making it five Premier League wins on the spin, but everyone seems to be ignoring the fact that we were very lucky to get the points.

That was not the first time this season either. If Cavani had brought his shooting boots to the game a couple of weeks ago our Champions League group would be looking a lot worse and we would be on course for the same old, same old, finishing second and getting knocked out at the first knockout stage.

It still might happen as well, especially if the team puts in any more lacklustre performances like yesterday. I know there is a bit of leeway for Arsene Wenger at the minute with the 20 year milestone but it has been worryingly familiar stuff from Arsenal and the Frenchman this season.

We have seen some great stuff from the Gunners but also some very average stuff and that has been our problem for years. I hope that the players learn from the narrow escapes they have had with Burnley, PSG and Southampton and make sure that these off days do not keep happening.

So are we really seeing a different and more mature Arsenal or are we just getting away with the same old problems?

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  1. NY_Gunner says:

    A it harsh there, don’t ya think. If perfection is what you seek, search elsewhere. As much as you may try or want to be at the top of your game. Reality is, you’re not always gonna be.
    And leave the”what if’s” out of it. They don’t count, because they didn’t happen…

  2. Arsenal_Girl says:

    The goal of every match is to WIN

    A win is always reason to be happy
    All Champions have bad games
    Leicester had some last season, Chelsea had some year before, City had some before that
    Champions also have the ability to pull out wins from bad matches so I am really optimistic this season

    Its up to Wenger and staff to sort out any problems for next match
    Also, i believe you create your own luck

    But I am not going to criticise much after a Win
    Even if we had drawn it would not be the end of the world. It was a tough away match. Burnley played very well

  3. Jerick says:

    “but everyone seems to be ignoring the fact that we were very lucky to get the points”. No we are not ignoring the fact that we were lucky. In fact, I think this is the 3rd game this season that we could say we got through with a bit of “luck”.

    However, a win is a win. Most of you guys, like myself love the quick silky Arsenal play that kills teams off in 45′ (Chelsea ) but there will be such games (Burnley) where it will be hard for us and I’m just happy with the win going into the international break with also some of our rivals dropping points.

  4. AidanGooner says:

    With Burnley set up how they were- a narrow victory is a fantastic result. I’m not sure if you are just trying to play devil’s advocate here to incite a discussion, but it really seems you have very little cause for moaning. Don’t forget we were also without our attacking options on the bench due to injury.

  5. TJ says:

    Real Madrid drew 1-1 with Eibar; and Celta Vigo beat Barca 4-3…sh1t happens to the best of teams for a variety reasons and when you nick 3 points while being off your game you take that with glee.

    You’re going to have games where you pepper the goal with 27 shots, hit the post 4 times and end up with a draw and wondering WTF just happened there?

    3 points, no injuries and we head into the International break…we come back perhaps with reinforcements ready to play and a run of 4 home games.

    Thank Lady Luck and just have a great day

  6. PJ says:

    I stopped reading after the first paragraph! A win is a win! Doesn’t matter how we play as long as we get the 3 points!

  7. josh37 says:

    Sergeant Buzzkill over here….. Gee Wiz!
    I honestly don’t care. The few more times I’ve watched the last few minutes the more we completely deserved it and they paid the price.
    TWO PLAYERS, yes, TWO, unmarked far post from a quick set-piece for the last kick of the game? I understand Ox ghosting in… Maybe, but Koscielny without a player near him? They switched off, we went all out, can’t do that against a top-team.
    3pts deserved and I don’t care about the first 90, previous seasons we walk away with a point feeling sorry for ourselves. But we did what was needed when it was needed most!!

  8. rkw says:

    It aim is 4th place … No worries … Winning EPL and challenging for CL then 2 good games one awful won’t get you there … That simple really

  9. Jansen says:

    Super happy with the result. There are no easy games in the PL but that doesn’t mean the the PL winner doesn’t win most of them (against “smaller” teams).

    We have seen two good games from Arsenal this season and in the one against Basel their old problem of failing to turn superior play and plenty of chances into goals showed up again. We should have won that game 5-0

    Last season we also played some great games (City and |Man U are two examples).

    At the moment what gives me confidence is that we are clearly improving our play and Sanchez is slowly but surely learning the central striker position, making us a different monster going forward. Same for finally playing with two real wide man in Theo and Iwobi, instead of having Ramsey on the right wing and a Rosicky on the left wing.

    Our first real test will come in November when we play Spurs, Man U and PSG on the trot.

    For now, all we can do is be grateful for results and hope we become a better team game-by-game.

    But you are right there is no real indication we are a different team who have left their pattern of failing behind. It’s too soon for that.

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