Arsenal’s attacking display in last night’s 0-0 draw was not what is expected of the high-profile and expensively assembled forward line. While ‘keeper Petr Cech bailed out the makeshift backline, the Gunners attack failed to find a way past a stubborn Liverpool defence.
Arsene Wenger’s side have now failed to score in five out of their last six Premier League games on home soil, which a worrying statistic for a team who were considered by some as genuine title contenders this season.
Football is a simple game, you just have to have to score more goals than your opponents and the stark reality is that Arsenal are struggling to find the net on home soil.
The Gunners have quality in abundance when it comes to attacking players. The likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are world-class on their day, but recently those days have been few and far between at the Emirates Stadium.
Everybody has been waiting to Ozil to hit top form and it is difficult know if he ever will find his best form in north London. He tends to have a few good games then disappears in the next few games. He still has much to prove to the Arsenal fans.
Most pundits have talked about Alexis Sanchez’s potential impact, but maybe the edge has been taken off his game by a slight lack of match fitness. We all know that he started his pre-season late, so that could be why he does not quite look at his sharpest.
When he is at his sharpest he will cause any defence problems, but he did not look at his best in last night’s game.
Last night’s game will again raise the question of whether the Gunners need to sign another striker before the transfer deadline. Perennial Arsenal target Karim Benzema has taken to Twitter to declare the fact that Madrid is his home, so any flickering hope of a deal for him looks to be extinguished.
Olivier Giroud cannot be blamed for last night’s blank scoresheet. It was not like he missed a host of golden opportunities. The likes of Ozil and the other attacking midfielders have to produce better performances at home.
Arsenal are now odds of 11/2 to win the Premier League title this season. However this season looks set to be a typical Arsenal campaign, where the Gunners endure a difficult period and find form at some stage, but it will be too little too late to win the title.
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