Arsenal (1) – (1) Aston Villa
The Emirates Stadium, London
It’s hard to know whether Arsenal are in big trouble or just weathering the storm.
Since the ‘none performance’ at Old Trafford, Arsenal have failed to win, drawing against AC Milan, Birmingham City and now against Aston Villa. In that time, Manchester United have draw against Lyon, and thrashed Newcastle United and Fulham.
The fact is Birmingham City and Aston Villa are games that we should be winning. Obviously the horrific injury to Eduardo has influenced the performances of the last two games but the problem is I’ve yet to see the ‘fight’ the players have promised Eduardo. They’ve vowed to win the league for the stricken teammate but against Villa there wasn’t any evidence of that on show.
Only a couple of weeks ago we were 6 points ahead of our nearest rivals, but now United have reduced that to a solitary point.
I guess the result of Tuesday’s matches will have a massive influence on the title race.
Yesterday though, Aston Villa caused all sorts of problems and Manuel Almunia made some excellent saves to keep Arsenal in the game. Once they went one ahead the pace of Young and Agbonlahor was a constant threat on the counter attack and while Arsenal made some decent openings they were just lacklustre with their finishing.
Finally though Bendtner scored the equaliser in the fourth minute of injury time to rescue a point.
Talk about a massive few weeks. Arsenal need to get back on track and find that winning feeling again!