The Second Half vs Spurs – Yes it was a freak result and yes Spurs played well and deserved the win but it was the sloppiness that Arsenal showed to throw away the two-goal lead that is the biggest concern. From poor marking, vulnerability on the break, a STUPID AND NEEDLESS penalty given away and a general air of ‘bottling it’ when it mattered, there are some things that won’t change. Whereas Chelsea and Man Utd seem able to grind out victories or remain unbeaten even when playing poorly, Arsenal seem intent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Can they finish teams off? Are they ruthless enough? Do they have enough to break down teams who ‘park the bus’ and play for a draw?
The Away Defeat To Braga – Similar to the first point but this time on the European stage, as their inconsistencies in the league spread to knockout European football. Again vulnerable on the break, and late goals to highlight defensive deficiencies. Do they lack leadership?
If Five Officials Can’t See It... – We all know that Arsene Wenger has selective eyesight but if two extra officials can’t help give clear penalties or help ‘protect’ Arsenal’s playmakers then there is no hope for the Gunners.
The Inevitable Loss Of Fabregas – No, not through being sold to Barcelona, although that could still conceivably happen. But it’s his troublesome hamstrings that have deprived Arsenal of their captain and most influential player, for the time being at least. Fabregas needs time to fully recover, one thing that Arsenal haven’t got.
Wenger Himself Has Given Up – After his declaration that the most worrying thing about the weekend’s defeat to Spurs was not the performance but the manner in which Arsenal capitulate whenever they can achieve something big, suggests that the Great Arsene doesn’t himself believe that his team can ever produce on the big stage.
Shame really, because they always play really well.
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