A True Gunner’s view

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In hindsight this was the perfect opportunity for Arsenal to move to the summit of the Barclays Premier League table. But they let it slip, pun intended.

But instead of doing the business against West Bromwich Albion and then watching on in glee as Manchester City received a thumping at the hands of Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium later in the evening Arsenal were left ruing a missed opportunity.

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That’s twice in as many League encounters that we’e dropped points. We got lucky against Tottenham Hotspur before the international break. It was a game we shouldn’t really have won but somehow rescued a point.

Against West Brom we were up inside 30 minutes thanks to Olivier Geroud. But it didn’t last long. All of six minutes in fact as James Morrison pulled his side level before Mikel Arteta put the ball into the back of his own net to give the Hawthorns faithful reason to cheer.

As was the case against Spurs there was a chance to equalise late on thanks to a penalty. But Santi Cazorla slipped and the ball sailed over the crossbar.

Besides the fact that we dropped a point – three should have been taken – the Gunners faithful were also punched in the gut by the news that Francois Coquelin and Arteta have joined the list of injured players.

It’s a situation that’s getting so out of hand that Arsene Wenger is going to have to seriously think about bringing in new personnel when the transfer window opens.

According to the Telegraph, three players are firmly on Wenger’s radar with Zlatan Ibrahimovic (we wish), Michi Batshuayi from Marseille and Daniele Rugani who is currently with Juventus.

Let’s face it, Arsenal are teetering perilously close to being dumped out of the Champions League this week and we’re going to have to cling onto this notion that success in the league is achievable.

We’ve now dropped to fourth, Leicester City are bizarrely top of the tops and Manchester United have snuck into second after their win. At least we’re still ahead of Spurs.

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Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta about to score an own goal and give West Brom a 2-1 lead. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

But please, just wake me up when November ends. Historically it’s the worst time to be an Arsenal supporter given that we average 1.55 points during the period. December is slightly better.

If Wenger’s side are to be serious title contenders, which they can be based on what we’ve witnessed this season, they need to apply themselves better especially against the smaller clubs.

Three points on the weekend would have been great. At least it would have ensured bragging rights at the top of the table for the week. Even better, it would have added some momentum before travelling to Norwich next week and then the game at home against Sunderland in the following week.

 

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