Arsenal’s inconsistent defending is costing them this season. The Gunners have conceded 21 goals in the league and their form is suffering as a result.
They were leading with little more than two minutes to go in this afternoon’s game away at Liverpool, but they had to settle for a share of the spoils as Martin Skrtel equalised late into stoppage time to tie the game for ten-man Liverpool.
Arsene Wenger’s men are four points adrift of the top four and it would certainly be classed as failure if they fail to make the cut for Champions League football next year.
They need to ensure they are winning games they are expected to, and must stop throwing away points when they’re in the ascendency.
Arsenal lost seven times last season but are only three defeats away from that mark at the midpoint of the current campaign.
Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal (05/10/14)
Swansea City 2-1 Arsenal (09/11/14)
Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United (22/11/14)
Stoke City 3-2 Arsenal (06/12/14)
Arsenal must pick up the pace to ensure they do not miss out on the top European competition come the end of the season.
Although it seems unlikely they will miss out on the top four after making the cut so many seasons in a row, it could be a blessing in disguise if they do not.
As we have seen this season with Manchester United’s continued rebuild, not playing midweek has helped them with squad fitness and recovery time has kept players fresh going into tough games each weekend.
Arsenal fans, let alone the board, would not accept finishing outside the top four at all, but postives could be taken from it.
The Gunners need to be challenging at the very top of the Premier League each season but they have taken a step backwards again and something drastic has to change.
One thing is for sure at this moment in time and that is they need to stop throwing away points and losing games against other sides who are pushing for the same goals as they are.
The Gunners have a tough run until the New Year, with two away fixtures:
Arsenal vs Queens Park Rangers (26/12/14)
West Ham United vs Arsenal (28/12/14)
Southampton vs Arsenal (01/01/15)
Their away form has not been good this season but they have to ensure they do not lose any of those ties. Beating both West Ham and Southampton – two sides currently above them in the table, will go a long way to helping them achieve their top four push.
But any more slip ups could cost them in the long run.
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