“That ends in a draw or worse” Journalist praises Arsenal grinding out a win

The Daily Telegraph’s Sam Dean has hailed Arsenal for their progress after their hard-fought 1-0 win over Watford.

The Gunners had lost their first three league games of the season and conceded 9 goals in them while scoring none.

That placed so much pressure on Mikel Arteta, but his team has returned to form.

The game against Watford was a close one with the Hornets constantly trying to hurt the Gunners, but they withstood everything thrown at them.

A few seasons back, Watford would have easily drawn the game or even beaten Arsenal but not this time.

Arsenal has become masters of game management and Dean believes it is a sign of how they have improved recently.

He tweeted: “Different sort of test for Arsenal, who had to grind that one out a bit more than in previous weeks. A good indication of the mood at the moment, and their current form, that they got over the line. In the last few seasons, that ends in a draw or worse. Ten games unbeaten now”

Teams that win trophies are those who know how to grind out results when required.

Arsenal is showing that attribute and it is a delight to see. Gooners are now confident that their team can stay in a game and win or even overturn the situation when they are losing.

Tags Sam Dean


  1. I don’t know if anyone knows I am an MA fanboy but he is frustrating at times which I understand he still lacks the ruthlessness of an elite coach Auba was suppose to give way for Odegaard even a baby can predict MA subbing Laca off and plan to disrupt the team Laca has been phenomenal our last three games and every time MA takes him off our level drops obviously no one to hold up play so we end every game under pressure check out our last three games

    1. I’ve been a big backer of Lacazette for a while, and I was asking the same question today, but I have to say every manager has consistently taken him off early in games. I think it must be his fitness levels or that he runs himself into the ground in most games.
      Still, wanted to see Laca given the chance to play auba’s position so he could score a goal for himself – he’s been doing a lot of selfless donkey work recently, so I think he’s earned a few minutes of that at the end of the match

  2. Cuz Laca gasses at the 55-60 minute mark without fail.

    Should have subbed out Auba adn Saka way earlier, but that is minor gripe!

    1. agree. Think it has been this way for a few seasons now where he loses steam 2/3rds way through a match. But the amount of work he does do, and his age, it’s fine. Also, I think Mikel wants the team to control the final minutes of a game more and wants odegaard to impose himself in teh game quickly. Did not seem to like how deep we dropped at one point towards end of the game. which is funny because last season that was our default mode to see out even draws.

  3. This man will stay here for many,many,many years cause he knows football and he becoming better and better

  4. Mikel has proved alot us wrong, me included, as he is growing beig a manager with each game along with the rest of the squad. Young New Manager with a New Young Squad to which they are getting better every week.

    We grinded out today though Auba should bury the 1st chance where Saka is offside, should knock in the penalty plus taken poor Ødes goal off the line being offside. Could’ve been 4-0 if we are honest but the 3points is huge.

    West Ham showing they are no push overs either… going to be very interesting for this Top4 & its nice to know if we keep this up we have a good chance to get back into the Champions League.

    Plus OT Josh Kronkes Interview actually impressed me and in his words if we do get back into Europe we will attract better players to which he stated we can spend like the rest.

    Maybe the future is bright at Arsenal on all fronts. That Inteview plus the evening before with the supporters was a huge move by the Kronkes and Josh actually seems to care about the club. Them along with Edu & Mikel got the transfers all spot on, scouting network has to be given a massive shout as Tomi, Taveres, White & Ramsdale raised a few eyebrows but they have been a revelation.

    Nice to be positive about the club for a change and feeling like maybe we are going in the right direction. Well done to all the Arsenal Football Club.

    1. Agree Saun, Arteta needs praise for getting us back to where we are, the acid test starts from now. I have said from day one, i have no problem with Arteta and i hope he proves me wrong, my doubt is, getting us top 4. Which is what he has been employed for. If he does the Kranky and his cronies deserve the plaudits. So a big wait and see.

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