There are a lot of nerves being felt by anyone concerned with Arsenal right now and you can hardly blame the Gunners for feeling that it could be all about to go wrong again as Arsene Wenger seeks his first Premier League title in 12 years.
But from what the Frenchman has been saying this week you can tell that the prof does not share this feeling of doom with the doubters among the football media and the Arsenal faithful and when you step back and look at things objectively there are plenty of reasons for the boss to be feeling pretty confident.
Wenger told Arsenal Player, “I felt we were a bit nervous in the last two home games, against Chelsea and Southampton – we didn’t come out of the blocks like we would have liked.
“We played at Stoke, we played a 0-0 what was not a shame because they are quite strong at home. Against Chelsea we played with 10 men and that makes the game against a good side very difficult.
“Against Southampton, we created the chances and couldn’t finish them off. I believe overall, we should not be alarmed, because the quality of our performance was there in every single game.
“We should take a lot of encouragement from that, even if sometimes in the recent games, we didn’t get the result we wanted.
“We have to prepare without being obsessed with [scoring] – finishing is cyclic and if we create the same amount of chances we will score.”
Maybe the title is looking a lot further from our grasp after Leicester City beat Man City 3-1 and extended their lead over the Gunners to eight points, but there is still a long way to go and a lot of football to be played and I expect Arsenal to get going again with a good performance and all three points tomorrow.
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Seriously Gooners, how often do you think Arsenal will create as many chances as we did against the Saints and not score? Mesut Ozil on his own made 10 opportunities but a great game from Fraser Forster combined with some bad luck and some sloppy finishing and the chances falloing to the wrong players meant it was just one of those days.
If nothing else, the law of averages tells you that Arsenal will win tomorrow. Why not punish the bookies and make yourself feel even better when Arsenal win?