Arsenal suffered their third defeat in a row last night, when Swansea yet again picked up 3 points at The Emirates.
Having lost to an understrength Manchester United on Sunday, many expected Arsenal to roar back with a win against the Welsh side. This became even more important when Leicester were held at home by West Brom on Tuesday night but Arsenal reverted to type, surrendering a goal lead to end up on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline.
They now face a trip to White Hart Lane on Saturday, where North London rivals Tottenham are also chasing the title and will be keen to inflict further pain on the Gunners.
Being labelled the the most important North London derby in a long time, Football Fanzone’s Jason Cundy isn’t surprised that Arsenal are going into the game in such a state and think’s their problems are of their own creation:
With 3 defeats in a row for the first time since April 2010, Arsenal really haven’t moved on like some people claimed. There had been a lot of talk of them growing a backbone and signing Cech finally adding a leader to an already good team, but the ex Chelsea man can’t be expected to do it all himself.
They have yet again shown that they don’t have the stomach for the fight, wilting under the pressure of winning the title in the absence of Chelsea, United and City.
There are no captains or leaders in that side and they are suffering for it. Imagine how they would look with Kante in the middle of the pitch? Instead Wenger continues to go out and buy these lightweight attacking players and creative midfielders.
It’s painfully obvious for everyone to see what they need, steel in the middle of the pitch and a leader at the back. They failed to replace Patrick Vieira who left for Juve in 2005, what they would do for a player like that now who would actually stand up and be counted, and won’t let his teammates hide or shirk responsibility.
Arsenal fans are criticised for flipping like a switch, Wenger in, Wenger out but right now the Wenger out brigade have every right to be up in arms. The man is deluded, his post match comments following the losses to United and Swansea confirm this.
He spoke about Swansea having 2 shots on target and about football being cruel but this wasn’t some unlucky coincidence like he tried to paint it, this happens every season!
And now they have to go to White Hart Lane on Saturday to get their season back on track? With both Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech out I don’t see it happening, Spurs should rightly be favourites.
This whole thing comes as little surprise, how often have we seen Arsenal fail to win when a win is needed?