The Spaniard Mikel Arteta was made captain of Arsenal, in the absence of Robin Van Persie and Thomas Vermaelen, against Leeds this week, and although Arsenal won the game in the end, he believes that the Gunners need to take their early chances to kill teams off.
Not just against Leeds, but recent games against Wolves and especially Fulham, Arsenal failed to build on an early lead to make sure of victory.
Arteta was very pleased to be made captain for the Leeds game but pointed out that it would have been much easier if the Gunners had pulled away early in the match.
“It was really pleasing for me to be captain for a club like Arsenal, it’s unbelievable,” Arteta said. “I just want to thank my team-mates for the effort, my manager for the support and hopefully we can build on this and win against Swansea.
“We had many chances to finish it off much earlier but it seems to be like it a lot this year at the Emirates. At least we won, we are through and it was a good result after the disappointment of the Fulham game.
“It is frustrating because if you score two goals in the first half it makes it much easier. It becomes harder to control a game when it remains 0-0, everybody is getting a bit anxious to score and it makes it harder.”
Arsenal don’t seem to be qyuite as prolific as in previous seasons. I reckon we are all waiting for someone else to score instead of Van Persie. Come on Thierry!