If Arsenal play anything like they did against Leicester City last night in our next game, it is going to be a very painful north London derby indeed for us Gooners and the chances of Arsene Wenger and the players coming away from White Hart Lane with anything other than a beating.
Against the Foxes the Gunners were firing blamks all night and even struggling to get into a position to shoot. Our passing was ponderous, predictable and often just plain poor. The tempo was slow and we lacked any sort of cutting edge.
Having said that, we did win the game and despite needing a big slice of luck with Huth deflecting an errant Monreal shot into his own net, I have to agree with our keeper Petr Cech who insisted in an Arsenal.com report that this bit of good fortune was nothing more than we deserve.
He said, “Well, you know, our remaining games are more or less like finals. So we needed to make sure we got all three points in a delayed fixture. After a big game at the weekend, having played 120 minutes, we had to rotate the squad. We needed to use everyone and I am pleased for everybody who came in and contributed to an important win.
“Sometimes you need to be patient, you need to make sure that you push on for the 90 minutes and today we obviously scored a late goal. But it was coming, we were getting closer and closer and they were defending well but in the end we found a deflection and I think that we probably felt that [we deserved] a little bit of luck with the deflection because of the way we pushed on.”
I also think that Arsenal are due some good luck after a season with plenty of bad luck coming our way. Even the fact that we had to play extra time late on Sunday on a soft and energy sapping Wembley pitch whole our opponents had the weekend off was against us, so Cech was right to say we did well to keep pushing.
Now that a bit of luck has helped us, however, it is vital for Arsenal to improve on that performance ahead of the derby with Tottenham and the other big Premier League games to come.