How Can Arsenal Change The Way They Play?
In every home game this season Arsenal have conceded the first goal – Aston Villa, Dinamo Zagreb and now Middlesbrough.
Take about making things hard for yourselves!
We drew against Villa, only just beat Zagreb now drawn against Boro – not forgetting the away game against Manchester City.
The problem we have is that in all of the games we have played this season, Arsenal have looked tired and no-where near sharp enough. We play an intricate passing game which doesn’t come off unless every single player is in tune – unfortunately we’re way off that at the moment.
Our excuses will include players being tired from the World Cup, the disruptive International break, fitness and injury worries – but a lot of teams have these problems but still get wins on the board.
When was the last time you saw Arsenal 4th from bottom after 4 games?!
Alright, we have a game in hand but a total of 2 points after 3 games is pretty worrying – especially when our next league game is against the in-form and seemingly devastating Manchester United – at Old Trafford!
In our failings to beat Boro, City and Villa were the same signs – lack of urgency, lack of a Plan B and our fear of actually shooting from distance!
The equalising goal today came from Thierry Henry – via a penalty!
I’ve seen all three league games now and I haven’t felt that we could score a goal. The play in front of teams and all the opposition have to do is play as deep as possible – and unfortunately for us it works.
We don’t seem to have any killer instinct and seem content to pass the ball around waiting for an opening.
And I don’t know how many times Arsenal had the ball in wide positions and how many corners we had, but without the ability to cross the ball we’re never going to score from there!
Bobby Pires would have been perfect this afternoon wide on the left because when he has the ball in that position he has the ability to pick out a killer pass and make things happen.
I am still hopeful for the midweek Champions League game and The Premiership match against Manchester United but things need to change – and quick.