Luck and Decisions Desert Arsenal
Another defeat and its doom and gloom from all circles. Every time we concede a goal, there is an inquisition as to our ability to defend. If we look a little bit closer we can see that luck has deserted us and we have a tendency to self-destruct.
Game one against Newcastle saw both Gervinho and Song pick up three match bans which affected us for the next three games. Against Liverpool, the game was heading for 0-0 when Frimpong got sent-off and Liverpool capitalised with a goal that should have been flagged for offside. The Manchester United game was an nightmare which we have all forgotten. Against Blackburn, a game that we dominated, we lost due to two own goals and an offside goal. Moving on to the Tottenham game, a match that Spurs fans were rubbing the hands with glee, looking forward to a 4 or 5 goal hammering, Arsenal controlled the game but fell behind to a handball goal from van der Vaart. We lost through a wonder goal from Walker, a goal that he will never score again.
This is the difference between a good start and a poor start to the season. If the officials had spotted the offside and handball, we could be sitting with a completely different picture now.
Our luck has run out with injuries. Out of 6 centre-backs, five are injured, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Djourou, Squillaci and Miguel, no other team in the league can suffer the same fate and carry on and still look solid. Yes I say solid, because our weakness yesterday was with Sagna not tracking back, Song and Mertesacker played well. Having announced that Wilshere will be out until February, we can now add Sagna to that list of long-term.
It is not all down to bad officially and poor luck, but success hinges on decisions being correct, it makes such a difference.
The media love to hit Arsenal at all times. Look at last week’s Champions League matches. Manchester United throw away a two goal lead and snatch a draw at the end and United are lauded for resilience! Chelsea lose a lead in the last minutes and nothing is said. Arsenal win a game, yet the emphasis is on the chances created by Olympiakos!
Arsenal are for a rough ride this season, even when we win the media will find a story to hit us with, look at last weekend, we beat Bolton 3-0, the headlines? Van Persie will leave Arsenal for Manchester City!
Things have not been great, but we have the resolve to fight back and challenge for a Champions League spot, that I am certain. Wenger will bring in two or three players in January, that is a guarantee, and we will kick on in the second half of the season.