Arsenal’s questionable run of form continued yesterday after they were unable to get the job done against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates. Unai Emery was well aware of the fact that this was going to be a tricky day at the office, as any game against Nuno’s Wolves side seems to be. However, from his tactical work to the team he actually put out, this was a clear misfire as Arsenal extended their winless streak in all competitions to three.
The Premier League returns this weekend with a fantastic set of fixtures for all fans to enjoy, including one that Gunners fans, in particular, will be keeping a close eye on: Arsenal vs Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Gunners are coming off the back of two tough results, one being the draw against Crystal Palace and one being that dramatic loss to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup.
To say that they want to get back to winning ways would be an understatement within itself, but unfortunately for them, it’s not going to be the easiest game for them to do that. Win or lose, though, the future of Unai Emery as Arsenal manager could depend on the actual performance that they’re able to put in.
The Premier League season is underway, and while every single game is going to count for the Gunners, there’s no way of getting around it: they need to have a strong run of form at home if they want to be successful. They’ve struggled away from the Emirates for a few years now, whereas their ability to get the job done at home has consistently gotten them out of jail more times than we can count.
Assuming Wolves aren’t in the latter stages of the Europa League at this point, this game could be dangerous. The last time Arsenal went to Molineux they were thoroughly beaten by a Wolves side that, simply put, were much better than them. Will the same thing happen again? Don’t be surprised.
Leicester City are a tricky side to deal with, but even with that being the case, there shouldn’t be any kind of overwhelming worry regarding what they’re capable of – especially if Brendan Rodgers is still at the helm. That may seem and sound a little bit harsh, but they just don’t strike us as an intimidating side.
The UEFA Europa League may not be seen as a great competition by Arsenal fans, and understandably so after their loss in the final which prevented them from playing Champions League football next season. However, not only does it serve as a valid entry back into Europe’s biggest club competition, but it also gives other teams a chance to live out their dream of playing European football.
Here they come
Case in point: Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Midlands-based club have long since been viewed as a sleeping giant within English football, but in the last twelve months, they have been able to burst through the glass ceiling after finishing 7th in the top flight, qualifying for the Europa League and reaching the FA Cup semi-finals.
West Ham 1-0 Arsenal
Just pitiful. There was no real fight and no real desire, to the point where we were left to wonder whether or not these players even want to secure Champions League football in the first place. The Hammers were a decent side this season but their aspirations weren’t nearly as high as Arsenal’s, and worse yet, the game so quickly after the half time interval. They just seemed to switch off and when you do that at such a high level like this, you’re obviously going to be punished.
Southampton 3-2 Arsenal
Arsenal’s season has been intriguing to say the least, and let’s face it, there are a bunch of other words you could use to describe it. Unai Emery’s first season in charge has had plenty of highs and plenty of knows, but you guys know that already. Nothing has gone perfectly and there were certainly mistakes made along the way, but that’s football. Settling into a new managerial position is hard. The end of the season, in many ways, kind of summed up the campaign as a whole in our eyes.
There are ways to twist a loss or a victory in football, especially at the Premier League level, in order to make yourself feel better. It’s been a practice that has been carried out for many, many years now, and yet, it still seems like fans oppose it for one reason or another. After last night’s loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers we want to try and be a little bit realistic, and as such, we need to point out that while mistakes were made last night, Wolves were just the better team.
Most people are aware of the popular 1990’s movie starring Bill Murray called Groundhog Day where a grouchy, TV reporter revisits the same day over-and-over again until he changes his ways.
Arsenal fans stuck in their own Groundhog Day
Unfortunately, Arsenal fans seem to be stuck in their very own Groundhog Dog when it comes to their teams’ terrible away displays. Unfortunately, there is no signs of Arsenal changing their ways anyway soon.
The latest debacle came in a 3-1 defeat at Wolves on Wednesday night. The home side was leading 3-0 at half-time.
Arsenal’s visit to Wolves Molineux later tonight is a massive one for the Gunners when it comes to their Champions League qualification hopes this season.
A 3-2 home defeat against Crystal Palace last time out has certainly thrown a spanner in the works of the Gunners top-four challenge. Most people took for granted that that Arsenal would win the clash, including the players it seemed, such was the Gunners stellar home form.
Wolves game now even more vital
The trip to Molineux to face Wolves was always going to be a vital one. The defeat against Palace has just made the clash even more important for Unai Emery’s side. The loss against the Eagles has seen the Gunners slip out of the top-four to fifth-place.