After a goalless draw to Chelsea in the League Cup semi-final last week, Arsene Wenger hailed Arsenal’s mental strength and team spirit. But this statistic proves the Gunners are lacking.
Arsenal have dropped nine points from winning positions over the last five games. They’ve also earned just six points out of a possible 15, and currently sit sixth in the Premier League table, five points above Burnley in seventh.
Arsenal have dropped nine points from winning positions in their last five Premier League games.
Instead of 15 points, they have earned six.
— Orbinho (@Orbinho) January 14, 2018
After going 1-0 up against at West Brom, at home to Chelsea and away to Bournemouth, Arsenal eventually ended up conceding, drawing or losing the match.
This, contrary to what Wenger said after the draw at Stamford Bridge in the League Cup, shows a lack of mental strength and team spirit. It shows that our quality in attack is often enough to get us over the line first, but soon our level drops and we ended up looking mediocre again.
Worse still, when we concede and our heads go down, we stop communicating fullstop and end up running around like headless chickens for the next 15 minutes.
The 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth isn’t the first time this has happened. As you can see, it’s been going on for a while. What’s even more concerning is that in December, out of the 10 games we had gone ahead in, we’d won nine and only lost once.
Arsenal have therefore gone from being one of the best teams at going ahead and seeing out games, to one of the worst.