I’m probably one of many football fans who are happy to see Liverpool’s defence of the league title go so horribly wrong but it’s worth remembering that they have a glut of injuries and they’re still five points better off than us in the league and we’ve not had anywhere near the amount of injuries they’d had. Are you that confident we’ll beat them at The Emirates in a few weeks time because I know I’m not. Liverpool are chasing another Champions League trophy, ourselves, Europa League glory with little else but pride left.
Olympiakos will be tough, of that I’ve no doubt and no, I don’t fancy our chances over two legs. Partly because we often seem to shoot ourselves in the foot and because we’re so poor in front of goal. Still, at least VAR in Europe isn’t run by Riley and his muppets so if they’re called upon, honesty might prevail. If we do manage to progress then it’s possible Man Utd or Toots could be up next.
The stats say Arsenal had nine shots at the Burnley goal on Sunday with five on target. It felt like more but perhaps that’s because of the frantic final minutes when Arsenal did everything but score. Pepe’s miss still plays over in my mind.
I’m really disappointed with the result, but the reality is that we generated so many big chances but only scored one goal. We started well and then that’s when you have to put the game away and it has to be two or three-nil and the game is over. – Mikel Arteta.
That’s our season in a nutshell really. We’ve bossed games as far as possession goes, created chances but haven’t been clinical in front of goal. But, the positive is that we are creating chances which we weren’t always managing in the first half of the season. Good ones too rather than half chances.
Burnley at the weekend, Wolves at Molineux, Leicester City at The Emirates, Southampton at The Emirates – just a few fixtures which we were in total control of but either couldn’t find the back of the net or a sending off made life difficult for us. In those games alone, only because they’re the ones off the top of my head, had Arsenal been able to score from the one or two of the opportunities we created, an extra eleven points would have been ours. Forget VAR decisions, I’m on about Arsenal being their own downfall. Funny enough, eleven extra points would have put us in 4th place. (as the table looks today)
Of course Mikel Arteta was disappointed after Sunday’s result because we should have won. VAR should have given us the opportunity to win it with a penalty but that still doesn’t take away the fact that our front players are not doing their job very well. Other than David Luiz at Leicester, I cant remember the last time we scored from a corner or set-piece either. Our defenders, who aren’t exactly small, need to do better in the box. Perhaps with a better delivery, they might.
Arsenal need to score in Greece and score big. Take home a couple of away goals and there’s a chance of going through but if Arsenal players fluff their lines in front of goal, then we’re in for a nervy 95 minutes at The Emirates.
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