In the latest match of round 19 of the Premier League, despite playing at home, coach Mikel Arteta’s team caused great disappointment when they lost 0-2 to West Ham United. This result caused Arsenal to lose the top spot in the rankings and the unofficial title of first leg champion to Liverpool. Looking at the Gunners’ recent performance, fans are starting to doubt The Gunner’s ability to claim the throne in the Premier League 2023/24 for the following 3 reasons.
1. Poor finishing
Ineffective attack is a real problem for Arsenal at the moment. Against West Ham, Mikel Arteta and his team controlled the ball 75%, launched 30 shots but were powerless in front of the opponent’s net. The London Gunners had 77 touches of the ball in The Hammers’ penalty area but all were harmless.
This is not the first time that an ineffective attack has prevented Arsenal from achieving positive results, with recent matches against Aston Villa or Liverpool being typical examples. Obviously, coach Arteta will have to find a truly high-class striker if he wants to win the championship in the remaining stages.
2. VAR and referee
Once again, VAR and the referee were at a disadvantage to coach Mikel Arteta’s team. In the 13th minute, Tomas Soucek put the ball into the net to open the score for West Ham in a situation where the ball seemed to have crossed the line before Jarrod Bowen made a pass inside. Unfortunately, all the slow camera angles were not very clear and black shirt king Michael Oliver decided to recognize the goal.
This is not the first time that The Gunner has been at a disadvantage because of unclear and controversial decisions. Previously, Arsenal also fell into a similar situation in a 0-1 loss to Newcastle in round 11 on November 4. At that time, video technology determined that the ball had not crossed the line when Joe Willock crossed in, leading to Anthony Gordon’s only goal. Obviously, VAR and the referee are giving the Gunners a nightmare. The recent loss of points may greatly affect their ambitions at the end of the season.
3. Shortness of breath at the decisive moment
Like an incurable disease, Arsenal often gets off to a very good start each season but fails to maintain the necessary focus at decisive moments. Remember last season, at one point, coach Arteta’s team almost broke away from Man City with a safe margin. But then, everything turned into a nightmare when William Saliba got injured and the Gunners could only finish second in regret.
This is considered an obsession that has been following the Emirates Stadium team for a long time. The recent fall and loss of the first leg championship to Liverpool once again gave a warning that made Arsenal fans worried. Coach Mikel Arteta will need to take actions to improve the situation to avoid putting the home team in a bad situation in the near future.
Danh Nguyen | 02:16 December 30, 2023