Jamie Carragher believes Mikel Arteta’s young Arsenal side will need to accept some poor results as part of their learning process.
Arsenal could only manage a draw at home to Crystal Palace on Monday, an unexpected result that would have seen you quadruple your money with a bet on www bet365 es.
For the fans, that was obviously disappointing and frustrating. It was a missed opportunity to move up into the top half of the table, and to cut the gap to the top four to just two points.
But Jamie Carragher offered a more balanced perspective on the dropped points on Sky Sports.
“When you look at Arsenal now, and the players that they’ve brought in, [it’s] a lot of young players, a lot of energy in the team,” Carragher said.
“I know it’s hard for Arsenal fans because they want to see more from the team, they’re in the bottom half of the table. That’s not good enough. But with a young team you’re going to have to put up with sometimes nights like this.
“It’s never going to be consistent, not as young players individually, as a group. I think all the players they brought in (this summer) were under 23.
“At times you’re going to have maybe a run of two or three games where it goes well, and then it drops off for a bit. That’s an inconsistency with young players.
“But I do feel there is something to build on with them there, in terms of the young players they brought in, the energy they showed in the first 20 minutes really impressed me, and also these scenes at the end when they got the equalising goal.
“It just felt like something I hadn’t seen in Arsenal in the last four or five years. It does feel like there’s something, a togetherness.”
Arsenal face Aston Villa next, and even if you accept Carragher’s argument, it is imperative Arteta’s side get a positive result this time.
The Gunners have to travel to Leicester City, Liverpool, and Manchester United in the next six games, so they can’t keep dropping points.
There’s also an element of needing to put an end to the struggles Arsenal have endured in recent fixtures against Villa. The club had an excellent record in Villa matches between 2014 and 2019, but they’ve lost three in three under Arteta.