Trae Coyle and Nathan Tormey both played key roles as Arsenal defeated Blackburn Rovers 3-1 on Friday, and their recent form has been pivotal.
Trae Coyle opened the scoring as Arsenal ran riot in the first half against Blackburn. The youngsters quickly added a second through Zech Medley, but Nathan Tormey played a big part chasing down a lost cause and winning a corner in the first place.
After the break, whilst the rest of the team dropped off a bit at 3-0, Coyle and Tormey kept pushing for more goals. They both went extremely close too. The former hit the bar and the latter hit the post, setting up those two chances for each other.
It’s a stark contrast to their form at the start of the season. The wingers had only contributed to two goals each from the opening game to mid-October. A defeat to Chelsea on October 18th put the team at their lowest point of the campaign.
Since then, they’ve come to life. Tormey has four goals and an assist in six games, whilst Coyle has three goals as well. One of them is involved in almost every big chance the team have.
When Arsenal were going through a rougher patch, I highlighted that they’d become extremely reliant on the excellent Tyreece John-Jules and Folarin Balogun.
When I wrote that article, the duo had contributed to 11 of the team’s 13 goals. Opposition teams were clearly aware that to stop Steve Bould’s side, all they had to do was stop the strikers. There was little goal threat from anywhere else.
Coyle and Tormey had to step up, and they have in the last month or so. Arsenal now sit level on points with league leaders Chelsea in second place, though the Blues do have a game in hand.
If the youth wingers keep their good form up, the title could be in reach.