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Arsenal’s failings come back to haunt them again

Posted on December 31, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal were once again hamstrung by their familiar failings as they drew 1-1 with West Brom. The Gunners had the chance to move to within a single point of Liverpool in fourth, but instead, they are now three points behind them having played the same amount of games.

Since their game against Manchester United in which they lost 3-1, they have been hurt by their apparent inability to make their dominance count. Against West Brom, they enjoyed 65% possession, which led to 14 shots, the same amount as West Brom, a side that have scored just 15 goals this season.

While Arsenal are keeping the ball, they are not creating enough, while their final ball is uncharacteristically poor lately. Indeed, their goal came from a free-kick that was deflected in via James McClean.

Defensively they looked shaky yet again. The penalty was a very harsh decision, with Callum Chambers adjudged to have handled the ball, while the backline saw misplaced passes, poor decisions and mistimed clearances that put more pressure on themselves.

Admittedly, the penalty was one that should not have been given, but Arsenal once again failed to kill the game off. The Gunners are battling for a Champions League place for next season, but if a side goes to play the bottom team in the league, they simply must beat them. Arsenal did not.

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