Liverpool 5 – 1 Arsenal: A stark reminder of how far we have to go

The goal for Arsenal Football Club needs to be a sustained challenge for the Premier League and Champions League. This reality check against the champions elect reiterated the abyss between where we are and where we need to be. Our football brand is weak, and no team appears to fear playing us. We are perceived as a good team, that can mix it with the best on our day, but who are vulnerable and will give opponents ample opportunity to score. The opposition therefore, particularly top sides, show us ZERO respect. Until we start to defend like a top four team and force them to respect us, we will continue to get pumped 5-1. 

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Brighton 1 – 1 Arsenal: With the race for fourth heating up, this felt like a loss

With the race for fourth heating up, this felt like a loss. 1 -1 was the fair result, but the manner at which our performance waned as the game progressed was disappointing. The players have given a lot in the first half of this campaign, but with injuries and pressure mounting they look jaded and out of ideas. 

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Arsenal 0 – 2 Tottenham: Our attack can’t afford to have an off night with this defence

I have never cared much for the Carabao cup, but this defeat hurt. Spurs did not have to get out of third gear to earn their 2-0 victory and that was worrying. It illuminated the fact that our attack can’t afford to have an off night due to our inability to defend. Time and time again we continue to be undone by simple balls over the top. If Aubameyang and co aren’t scoring two or three, it’s going to be difficult to beat any team. I thought Emery had until the summer to start addressing our defence, but maybe he needs to start in January.

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Southampton 3 – 2 Arsenal: Injuries and suspensions are starting to hurt

Southampton were the better team and deserved to win, but we would not have lost this game if Sokratis or Holding were playing. Koscielny was three yards off the pace and looked like a 33 year old who had been out for seven months. In hindsight this game was probably too soon for him, but with the injuries and suspensions racking up Emery had no choice.

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Arsenal 1 – 0 Huddersfield: With seven games in 19 days, the mounting injury list is a concern

The Huddersfield game was dogged and scrappy with both teams lacking quality. However, it didn’t matter how we got the win as long as we got it and Emery and the team must be given immense credit for our excellent 21 game unbeaten run. Ultimately the first moment of class delivered the three points. On 83’, our young French maestro Matteo Guendouzi lofted a great ball into the box which was brilliantly controlled by Aubameyang. The forward then drifted wide before chipping back across goal for Lucas Torreira to bicycle kick home. His ‘garra charrua’ refused to let him this game end in a draw.

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Manchester United 2 – 2 Arsenal: thoughts/Huddersfield Town preview

Now that I have had a couple of days to digest the result, a draw was probably the fair result. The last time we scored two goals at Old Trafford in the league was our 3-2 defeat in February 2016. You then have to go back to our humiliating 8-2 defeat in 2011 for the next time so Unai Emery can be proud he did not lose his first Old Trafford tie.

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Arsenal 4 – 2 Tottenham: Emery wins his first derby and ignites the Emirates

Until this Sunday my favorite derby was April 25, 2004 at White Hart Lane when we clinched the title. It’s highly likely that I’m am still caught up in the euphoria of our 4-2 victory, but this game was special. Yes, we have had a strong home record against Spurs for years, but this felt different. It was a signal to the rest of the premier league, the doubting pundits and the fans that this team has quality and will not be bullied.

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