By M. B. Zaidi
Ok well yesterday I had a bit of a moan about how I was so disappointed with Arsenal and their inability to shoot when they have opportunities, instead choosing to pass unnecessarily for 52 more chances to pass by…but after having a second look at the game I will still admit that on another day we would have won that game 6-1.
Van Persie played tremendously well and was unlucky once again by hitting the woodwork with a sizzling shot after he let the ball run past him. Toure also hit the woodwork and Henry, Rosicky and Van Persie had a good few chances between them to seal the win. Add to that a penalty that should have been given and we would have easily drawn/won the game.
I think the second half was still in my mind when I wrote that yesterday and the second half was quite poor. We didn’t look like scoring apart from one or two chances…it was more in the first half where we were our usual selves in creating golden opportunities but putting them wide.
HOWEVER…the good news is that we created a ton of chances and that is encouraging as Wenger put it: “We will take positives out of this game.” Even though he tends to say this after most games that end in a draw or loss, it is quite fair to say this game wasn’t a terrible display, just a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal…THAT WILL COME in time…Fabregas put through attackers in on several occasions and had a decent game too. Nothing to worry about TOO MUCH after only two games…BUT if it continues then obviously it will cast a shadow over the current crop of players ability to challenge for the title, where we are already 8 points adrift of rivals Man Utd.
Next 5 games: Middlesbrough at home, Hamburg away, Man Utd away, Sheffield Utd home, Porto home.
Tough few weeks ahead…lets hope our boys have their shooting boots on.