The Curse Of The Emirates Strikes Again…
The same old story with Arsenal – or was it?
We’ve been accused of over-playing and looking for the perfect goal in the past but this wasn’t the case tonight – the fact was we had numerous clear-cut chances but failed to take any of them.
Some of the football was phenomenal – Rosicky, Hleb, Fabregas, Van Persie and Henry were linking up just like against Reading a couple of weeks back. But the only difference was the goals just couldn’t come.
It wouldn’t be exaggerating to say Arsenal could (and maybe should) have been 5-0 up at half-time!
I think the final statistics were 24 chances in 90 minutes, with only 4/5 actually on target. The CSKA keeper didn’t really have to make a save for the entire game, with the exception of Gilberto’s header with about 15 minutes remaining.
We know Arsenal make loads of chances – but we also know that Arsenal sometimes can’t turn the possession and play into goals.
But I’d rather watch 90 minutes of free-flowing, attacking and exciting football without a goal than a boring 1-0 win. Some 0-0 results are the risk you take with our style of football if things just don’t work out for us – but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Onwards to West Ham on Sunday…