Unfortunately most people will talk about the goalkeeping mistake from Jens Lehmann which allowed Blackburn to equalise this afternoon.
I didn’t see the game, but managed to catch the goals.
Arsenal led after 17 minutes when Robin Van Persie pounced on a scrappy goalmouth scramble involving Fabregas and Eduardo. Good work from Cesc and Clichy led to a header from Theo to setup Eduardo, who managed to flick the ball goalwards under pressure from the Blackburn defence. Fabregas followed in only for the ball to drop to Van Persie, who luckily for Arsenal is ruthless enough to just put his foot through the ball and open the scoring.
Then the other goal came in the 71st minute, when David Dunn played a smart one-two with Matt Derbyshire and let fly with his left foot. The ball was hit with some pace but it was straight at the German keeper, and somehow it flew through his outstretched hands and into the top corner.
Lehmann’s face after the goal said it all.
It’s only two games into the new Premiership season and Jens has made two huge blunders. The first was literally seconds from costing us points and the second did cost us all three points.
As I mentioned, I haven’t seen the game but I don’t care whether Arsenal deserved to win, or Blackburn deserved to win or whatever – the fact of the matter is results and points hinge on goals conceded or scored.
If Blackburn deserved a point then I couldn’t care less. The fact was Arsenal were leading 1-0 and if Jens doesn’t gift them an equaliser we would have come home with 3 points. If Rovers hit the bar, hit the post or came close the fact is that they didn’t score from those opportunities so I’ll take that every time.
The problem is that to have any chance to challenging for the league Arsenal need momentum and a great first 10 games of the season.
I’m just afraid that if these mistakes continue to happen then we won’t even get that far.