Arsenal 1-1 Sheffield United
Gabriel Martinelli is going to be a star with this club if he’s given the opportunity to prove himself, and he was able to keep his momentum going with a nice goal to open the scoring against Sheffield United in this one. John Fleck’s equaliser late in the game somewhat spoiled the party for the Gunners, but they knew that they were going up against a really tough side in the form of the Blades. Sure, it was another draw, but that hadn’t quite become a major issue by this point.
Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal
Going behind due to a Mustafi mistake only served to highlight what department Arsenal needed to improve during the January transfer window. Still, one of the best things that can be said for this team was their resiliency when going down to 10 men, to the point where they were the ones that looked most capable of getting all three points. It wasn’t quite a turning point in the season because they couldn’t find the winner, but it was still a morale booster.
Bournemouth 1-2 Arsenal
It was great to see Saka and Nketiah get on the scoresheet and it was great to see Arsenal progress into the next round of the FA Cup – but the fact that the result wasn’t signed, sealed and delivered by the time the Cherries pulled one back should be a source of great concern for this Arsenal side. Alas, getting into that next round was the most important thing and if they’re able to get past Portsmouth, then they’ll find themselves just one win away from a return to Wembley.
Burnley 0-0 Arsenal
Dull, dull, dull. The tactics were called into question, the performance was bad, and while they may have kept a clean sheet this still shouldn’t go down as a good result or a ‘positive’. People need to stop making excuses for Mikel Arteta just because he’s ‘finding his feet’ as a manager. We can’t take anything away from the Clarets who are an outstanding team on their day, but this is still below par for Arsenal.
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