The Arsenal players like to make life interesting for their supporters. Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium was a good example of that theory.
Arsenal looked in complete control in the first half and Newcastle barely threatened the Gunners goal. However, Arsenal failed to score a killer second goal.
As it is near the season of giving, the Arsenal defence decided to give the visitors some great opportunities to something from this game. Fortunately, for the Gunners, Newcastle could not find the net with a SAT NAV at the minute.
Lacking a killer instinct
The lack of a killer instinct is not something new for the Gunners. It is maybe one of the factors behind the north London side failing to win more silverware in the last 12 years.
It is the sort of quality that every champion has in them. When an opponent is on the ropes they finish them off. Manchester City are a good example of that. The Citizens are not satisfied with scoring one or two goals. They go for three, four or even five goals.
The league leaders make sure their opponents do not have a chance to hit back by just scoring once.
Give their opponents a chance
Arsenal are far too generous when it comes to giving their opponents a chance of taking something from games. The Gunners have not only given away points in defeats but came close to losing points in the game where they picked up wins or draws.
The Gunners came close to suffering defeat at West Ham when a late Javier Hernandez effort hit the bar. The 2-1 home win over Swansea also sticks in the mind for some reason, where the Swans took the lead and came close to adding a second goal, but ironically were not clinical enough in front of goal.
Top-four race will be tough
The race for a Champions League spot is a tough one. The Gunners moved back into the top-four with the win over the Magpies and courtesy of Tottenham and Burnley dropping points.
However, the north London side will drop to fifth again if Liverpool wins at Bournemouth later today. The Gunners are still odds of 13/10 to make the Champions League spots.
If Arsene Wenger’s team are to claim a top-four spot this season, they need to rediscover their killer instinct. If not then the Gunners may be facing up to another season without Champions League football next season.
Does Arsenal have a strong enough mentality to finish in the top-four?