Another game and more dropped points. This seems to be the mode of operation that Arsenal Football Club applies on the pitch nowadays. The forwards are unable to kill a game off, while the defence always living up to expectations when it comes to making a mess of things. This certainly isn’t what Arsenal fans are expecting from the post-Wenger era, but this is what they are being served.
The game against Watford was expected to be an easy win for the Gunners. The Hornets are bottom of the log, had scored just two goals while conceding eight in the first four matches of the season, this should have been 3 points for Unai Emery’s team but a combination of wrong managerial tactics and lack of winning mentality made sure it wouldn’t be.
Arsenal roared into a 2 goal lead in the first-half courtesy of a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace, but two errors by central-defensive partners Sokratis and David Luiz brought Arsenal down to earth with the reflexes of Bernd Leno saving the Gunners from a potential nosedive.
The Gunners penchant for starting play from the back is becoming an Achilles heel that Emery needs to address or better still abandon, as it is causing problems for the defence rather than absorbing pressure and freeing up spaces for the attackers as it is supposed to.
Emery also had a part to play in the whole charade. The Spanish manager inexplicably substituted Ceballos (who held forth in the midfield for the visitors) for Willock, he brought in Lucas Torrera late on when the midfield was already in shambles and left Mesut Ozil on the pitch for way too long. Even Maitland-Niles could have been given the boot in favour of Callum Chambers after yet another nonchalant display from the English U21 international.
Aubameyang superbly gave the North Londoners a two-goal advantage, but he and strike partner Nicolas Pepe should have killed the game off once and for all instead of leaving the hosts with a lifeline as they did, a club like Arsenal shouldn’t be hanging on to slender leads in matches like this.
Is still early in the season but Arsenal and Unai Emery need to start claiming all 3 points in matches like this if they are to stand a chance of getting into the top four come May.Follow us on social media