Arsenal are the comeback kings of this Premier League season so far, although how frequently they keep going behind in games is a worry.
The season is still young, but Arsenal’s 9 points won from losing positions is the highest in the Premier League so far. On the surface, that looks like a good statistic, as it demonstrates that Arsenal do have the fight and spirit to turn games around. However, when we look a little deeper, it’s not all that impressive.
Arsenal have been in losing positions seven times in their ten Premier League games so far. We’ve fallen behind against Leicester, Stoke, Liverpool, Watford, Everton, Swansea and Manchester City. In only three of those games have we managed to turn the score around and get a win – against Leicester, Everton and Swansea. We’ve lost the other four times.
That Arsenal have taken the lead in only five of their league matches so far is rather concerning. It points to a leaky defence that has a tendency to make costly errors that gift the opposition goals.
For example, Swansea’s goal to take the lead at the Emirates saw errors from Laurent Koscielny, Hector Bellerin and Petr Cech, while Wayne Rooney’s opener for Everton came after an error from Granit Xhaka.
It’s possible the team lets anxiety get the better of them in games where they struggle to score. The pressure on them to win is huge after all. It also suggests there could be problems with the way Arsene Wenger prepares his team, and whether he’s giving them the best chance of success.
Whatever the case, Arsenal can’t keep falling behind in matches, because they won’t always have the luck or the skill to come from behind.