The Jekyll and Hyde club by Twig
Arsenal currently sit sixth on the EPL table, and have amassed the fewest points since Wenger assumed control of the club. Looking at the table, it is strange that Arsenal is in this position. Arsenal has a better defensive record than Manchester United. Arsenal also is the 4th highest scoring side in the EPL. Indeed, at this stage of the season, Arsenal has scored more goals this season, than they scored last season when RVP was around.
If fourth spot comes down to Goal Difference, Arsenal will probably triumph as they presently have a better Goal Difference (+19) than Spurs (+12), Liverpool (+12) and Everton (+9). Arsenal’s scoring stat is at the moment better than City, but why then do we find ourselves in this position? Why are our goals not fetching us enough points?
Arsenal are indeed a Jekyll and Hyde club, capable of infuriating and exhilarating in equal measure. The 7-5 victory against Reading showed all that is good and bad about this Arsenal side. Comical in defence, but with a resolute spirit to fight to the very end. Despite this being our worst season, we have managed to record a number of memorable results this season: 6-1 against Southampton, 7-5 against Reading, 5-2 against Spurs (again), 7-3 against Newcastle and 5-1 against West Ham. That’s 30 goals in 5 games!
Our potency in front of goal certainly deserves a better return in points. One of the possible reasons for this is that Arsenal seem to freeze whenever they meet the big sides. This season, we have taken just 1 point against United, Chelsea and City. That is 1 point out of a possible of 15 points! Secondly, even though we haven’t done too badly in front of goal, our scoring hasn’t been as evened out, as that of City for example. We have recorded too many 0-0 and 1-1 draws this season, yet go on to score a disproportionate amount of goals in some other games.
Methinks, it’s better to win two consecutive games 1-nil than to win one game 8-0 and then go on to lose the next game. (Winning 8-0 is fun of course!) That is something Manchester United is able to do which Arsenal hasn’t been able to. Walcott recently said, the players don’t seem to believe in their own abilities, maybe this is a problem. Is this lack of belief due to having gone without a trophy for too long? So guys why do you think Arsenal is such a frustratingly inconsistent football team? Is it a problem of Self-belief or is there a genuine dearth of talent in the side?