In both victories away to Crystal Palace and Newcastle, we only won all three points thanks to own goals from Damien Delaney and Fabricio Coloccini.
Worryingly, if those own goals hadn’t occurred, in theory, we would have left both grounds with a draw and be down in 12th in the Premier League table.
Taking this, combined with Danny Welbeck being ruled out for months and our inability to sign a striker in the summer transfer window into consideration, should we be concerned?
In short: no.
Football is a cruel mistress. You can spend forever wondering ‘what if?’ but at the end of the day, the outcome will be decided in 90 minutes on the pitch. What I mean is, if we hadn’t got those own goals, anything could have happened. We still could have continued plugging away, getting into the right positions, and scored another goal.
On the flip side, we could have conceded and not even gained a point.
Speculating over the result as if our own goals were the only thing that helped us win isn’t accurate or helpful.
Secondly, the two goals we scored in our most recent Premier League match against Stoke were perfectly legitimate goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud. This in itself shows that we’re slowly getting back to winning ways without the direct help of the opposition.
More goals will come and hopefully, as lovely as it can be when ‘Own Goal’ makes an appearance, he won’t be needed in games to come.