Hector Bellerin feels that Arsenal’s attack has been lacking creativity, but claims the defence has been just fine.
Arsenal have certainly been inefficient in front of goal as of late, to put it kindly.
Despite having much of the ball and pounding shot after shot against opposition defences, they’ve scored just twice in their last three league matches and have picked up two points out of nine.
Bellerin, whose own performances haven’t been particularly fantastic, has said that Arsenal must improve up front and find their “audacity” again.
“It’s difficult because we are dominating the games, we have opportunities, we have the ball possession. But we don’t have the effectiveness in front of the goal, we lack a little creativity,” Bellerin told ESPN Brasil.
“And that’s what makes our game something that people like to see, football with a lot of spectacle, with a lot of first touch, with a lot of speed. I don’t know, we lack this, especially in the last quarter of the pitch.”
“Defensively we are good at the back, we are conceding few goals, but we need to improve at the front. We have to keep working and play the next match with a little more audacity.”
While the attack has been poor, the defence can hardly claim that things are going well.
Poor passes from our defenders have been responsible for three of the four goals we’ve shipped since our last league win.
That nearly happened again in the 0-0 draw with West Ham, when Laurent Koscielny decided to play a risky pass across his box in the closing stages.
In reality, Arsenal are under-performing at both ends of the pitch and need to improve quickly before they lose more ground on the top six.
The game against Newcastle could provide Arsenal the opportunity to get back on track.
Their record at the Emirates has been excellent this season, and with any luck, we’ll see the team find its scoring touch again.