I love being right usually but unfortunately my prediction yesterday that PSV will score at the Emirates and therefore Arsenal would need to score 3 goals to progress ended up coming true.
So what happens now?
I’m not sure to be honest. Arsene has a lot of thinking to do, and despite all the highs of the season with the young squad the fact is Arsenal have been dumped out of 3 competitions in the space of 11 days.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe that Arsenal need a rehaul in the squad – we have a fantastic defence when all the options available, with Toure, Gallas, Senderos, Djourou, Eboue, Hoyte and Clichy who are more than capable at the back. Our midfield is also strong with Gilberto, Cesc, Denilison, Diaby and Flamini and we have Freddie, Hleb and Rosicky who can play out wide.
Our problem is in attack.
Arsenal create so many chances that the Chelsea, Blackburn and PSV Eindhoven games should have been finished in the first 60 minutes.
We do not have anyone who can put the ball into the net.
We don’t have a Drogba and we don’t have a Benni McCarthy – proper strikers and typical centre forwards who know how to finish.
These guys need one chance and they will score.
And unfortunately for us they proved it in the Carling Cup and FA Cup games against us.
Last night when Arsenal opened the scoring thanks to an Alex own goal, Cesc and Adebayor had big big chances to put the game beyond doubt.
I even ended up asking myself does Arsene actually practice finishing?
To create so many clear cut chances and not take them is criminal and has cost us the season.
The problem is Thierry Henry is not as direct as he used to be and for some reason seems less ruthless in attack. Possibly he is suffering from a lack of service from the likes of Vieira and Bergkamp who used to create excellent openings for him and feels that he needs to be more creative himself for the good of the team.
Van Persie’s absence has not helped, although can you rely on him to score 30 goals a season which is something we need?
He is the most clinical player in the team but we can’t rely on one man.
When we went unbeaten in the league you could pick out a number of players would could score – Pires, Freddie, Bergkamp and Henry were the favourites but we also had a knack of scoring with our defenders too.
Goals win games and we’ve been suffering this season.