Graeme Souness thinks Arsenal fans will be frustrated that they haven’t seen more away performances like the one on Sunday against Everton.
Despite still looking a bit shaky at the back and conceding a couple of cheap goals, Arsenal were much-improved in general at the weekend, and put in their first accomplished offensive performance of the season away from home.
In fact, other than a Per Mertesacker header against Watford, the Gunners hadn’t even scored in a Premier League away game, and Souness told Sky Sports that he thinks that will irritate supporters
“If you’re an Arsenal supporter, how frustrating is it watching that? In seven days you’ve seen the two sides of Arsenal. In terms of playing football, creating chances, it doesn’t get any better than this. It doesn’t get any better than this if you’re Arsenal,” he said, reports the Express.
The Gunners managed 30 shots at Everton, 14 of which were on target. What’s more, many of those shots came at the end of slick passing moves, not just potshots from outside the box or headers from set-pieces.
If the team had shown the same kind of incisive passing and chance-creation against Watford, then the Gunners surely would have won the match. The problem was that they didn’t have the players available to do so at Vicarage Road.
Aaron Ramsey and his marauding runs were unavailable, Alexis Sanchez was out, Mesut Özil was benched, leaving the team looking very different to the one that started at Goodison Park.
So whilst I think fans will indeed feel frustrated that they haven’t been able to see the Gunners at their best on the road until now, the team has been victim to some unfortunate circumstances so far.
If the full-strength side can keep putting in performances like the one at the weekend, I don’t think there will be any problems.