Arsenal fell to yet another disappointing draw against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium, which to be honest, feels like a defeat now considering how cheaply we gave up our lead at home.
Our defending can certainly be a bit of a lottery. If you like the thrill of random chance, try Powerplay Canada. It would be nice if Arsenal could avoid gambling on the pitch though. To concede such horrendous goals is a sign of just how horrible the team are defensively.
If anything, here are two things we learnt from the two points dropped at home to the Eagles.
1. No creativity
In what is certainly not what we are used to, Arsenal have failed to find the back of the net from open play in the last three Premier League matches.
Shocking right? No!
We have no reason to be shocked and here’s why, Before the international break, we played Bournemouth and found the back of the net with the only goal of the game at the Emirates from a set piece. And mind you, it was turned in by a defender, David Luiz.
After the the international break, we traveled to Sheffield United and again failed to find the back of the net from open play. Rather, we conceded cheap goal to the newly promoted side.
And now, against Roy Hodgson’s side, Arsenal found the back of the net twice in the space of 3 minutes. Two goals from two set piece yet again.
Again, both corners was delivered by Pepe and turned in by Luiz and Sokratis. But as we now know, we somehow always find a way to gift goals to opposition teams and Palace found a way back and the game ended 2-2.
This means Arsenal have now gone three games (270 minutes) without scoring from open play in the Premier League. Unbelievable!
For a team with arguably one of the most lethal and most costly front-line in England this season, this is an absolute disgrace. But why is this so?
The answer is simple, NO creativity in the team!
2. Xhaka isn’t fit to be captain of the Arsenal
To be very honest, Granit Xhaka wasn’t anywhere near the worst player on the pitch for Arsenal on the night and frankly speaking, the fans where a bit too harsh on him.
However, it can be argued that he is the captain and hence should show example by walking off the pitch a little faster, as the team where building momentum and needed to score a goal to reclaim the lead on a night which was crucial in our top four ambition.
Having said this, weighing both perspective, no player is bigger than the club and it’s ambition and so for whatsoever reason, be it emotional or what not, Xhaka should not have reacted to the fans that way, especially being the captain of the Arsenal!
That being said, Xhaka clearly does not have what it takes to be the captain of a club like Arsenal with hundreds of million fans and supporters all around the world. That behaviour was an absolute disgrace and should never be swept under the carpet.
Simply put, he should be stripped off the captaincy and have it handed to another person. This will also serve as a warning to any other player set to be made captain.
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