Arsenal endured yet another disappointing result against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon, after Yannick Bolasie’s goal crept in the net to equalise Alexis Sanchez’s opening header. Yannick Bolasie/Guardian
Arsenal, who completely dominated The Eagles all match with 20 shots on goal (6 shots on target) and 72% possession, failed to secure 3 vital points to close the gap on league leaders Leicester. They now sit 13 points behind Leicester and 4 points above 5th place Manchester United. Alexis Sanchez/The Guardian
The Gunners should have won this match comfortably to push Manchester City back down to fourth place. But once again, they missed various opportunities and that ‘killer instinct’ to put the result beyond all doubt. Yet another Arsenal game, which summed up Arsenals season.
Arsene Wenger admits ‘ It’s very difficult- we had a lot of possession but did not make enough of it. We lacked a change of pace, sharpness. They defended well. We put a lot of effort in but came out with a frustrating result. It is hard to accept but the competition goes on and we focus on the next one’.
After yet another disappointing blow for Arsenal and their fans, it became clear that the Gunners needed a prolific goal scorer with that killer instinct. Arsenal play beautiful football but the execution very rarely pays off.
Arsenal will now have to be wary of Manchester United; as if they keep dropping points they may miss out on Champions League football next year. The Gunners have never not qualified for the Champions League or finished below Tottenham since Wenger has been in charge.
Is it time for a change? A clear out of players at The Emirates? The end of an era for Arsene Wenger? Something needs to change….
Cech (5), Bellerin (6), Gabriel (6), Koscielny (6), Monreal (7), Coquelin (6), Elneny (7), Ozil (8), Iwobi (6), Sanchez (8), Welbeck (6)
Giroud (4), Ramsey (5), Walcott (5)
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