Well done! But Arsenal must remain ruthless for title challenge

It was good to see Arsenal looking ruthless and to go for the jugular away to Swansea City in the second half, leading to a perhaps flattering scoreline of 4-0, because a few times this season we have taken the lead only to take our foot off the gas.

Sometimes you get away with that and our stronger looking defence and the all-round solidity that the Gunners have been showing this season makes that more likely, but sometimes you will not and at this stage of the season, even with almost half of the Premier League games left to play, Arsenal have no room for error.

I think that Arsene Wenger knows it as well, because he made a point of talking about and praising the ruthless streak that his players showed in the second half at the Liberty Stadium during his post match interview reported by the Arsenal website.

The boss said, “We had some problems to get going but I put that down to the fact that Swansea played very well in the first half. They were well-organised, they put unbelievable work in and certainly the second half we took over and they couldn’t follow the pace that we put into the game any more. We were relentless until the end and much sharper in the transitions and more accurate and quicker in our passing. That made a big difference.”

To have any realistic chance of challenging for the title, however, or even to ensure a place in the top four at the end of this very competitive season, the Gunners have to continue to show this killer instinct, because looking at Chelsea and Tottenham’s games yesterday it looks like they will not be giving us any help.

Bob.

9 Comments

  1. Break-on-through says:

    10 9 8 7 6…

    We have five seconds to vacate AFC, Wenger has pushed the self destruct, vacate or go down with the ship.

    Nice knowing ya’s,
    One last time …Suck it manu, che pastic wkenars, astalavista Goonerette I never met.

  2. Ks-Gunner says:

    Who are you going to kidding? Ruthless is a foreign word to Arsenal. Next joke now.

  3. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Let’s be honest here, our performance was still poor against a team that will be involved in the relegation battle. Their two own goals made the scoreline more than flattering.
    Big ups to Utd for NOT letting the scousers “Nick” the 3 points.
    They will just have to make do with a point and a few hubcaps.

  4. tissiam says:

    why is it the ones without a clue that are always the first to comment(multiple times)??

    1. stubill says:

      As my old Dad used to say “empty vessels make the most noise”.

      1. Fatboy Gooney says:

        Did he mention anything about sinking vessel’s? ?
        … Something to do with Rats? ??

  5. gmv8 says:

    To be fair, after we scored the first goal, I thought we were going to let them back in again, as between OG’s goal and the half time whistle, Swansea looked more likely to score than the rest of the game. For once I think AW’s half time talk was more effective than usual.

    Everton’s dubbing of Citeh just shows how we should’ve picked up all three points at the Etihad, which we were more than capable of doing, if we hadn’t decided that we wanted to just hold onto our one goal lead.

    1. gmv8 says:

      *drubbing

  6. Onochie says:

    Please Bob,be sincere with yourself,Arsenal wasn’t ruthless,we were just poor or a bit average,we played against a poorer,lacking in confidence Swansea side. For the past four matches,our first halves have been shambles and Wenger is yet to address this situation. Since Le coq is out, Ramsey or Xhaka have to help Sanchez is tracking down the opponents and harassing them when we don’t have the ball, I believe that if more players are as committed on the pitch as Sanchez is,then we would be ruthless.

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