Arsenal must cut out the habit of losing games they have otherwise dominated, after they were beaten 3-1 by Manchester United on Sunday, according to journalist Paul Brown.
Mikel Arteta has overseen a fast start to the Premier League season but the club’s 100 per cent record was brought to an abrupt end at Old Trafford.
How have Arsenal started the season?
The Gunners splashed the cash once again this summer as they brought in five new faces and spent over £100 million to bolster Arteta’s squad.
Among the purchases were Manchester City duo Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko, with the pair making an immediate impact at the Emirates.
Jesus has scored three goals and provided three assists while Zinchenko has made the left-back spot his own.
After six matches, Arsenal still sit top of the Premier League table, winning five of their games, but the return of the Europa League may well throw up a fresh challenge for Arteta.
Sunday afternoon saw Gabriel Martinelli have an opening goal controversially ruled out before Antony and Marcus Rashford made Bukayo Saka’s equaliser irrelevant in a 3-1 defeat in Manchester.
But after enjoying 60% of possession and attempting 16 shots, as per FOTMOB, there was still disappointment that they could not claim another three points.
What has Brown said on the issue?
Brown says that Arsenal must cut out the habit of failing to win matches in which they have otherwise been the better team.
The journalist adds that the final result from Sunday’s clash may not have been a fair portrayal of the match.
Brown told GIVEMESPORT: “One thing I would say, is that a lot of the Manchester United game, they were on top and actually the better side. So the final score may not really have been a fair reflection of how it went. It’s just that Arsenal have a lot of these games where they dominate and then end up losing and sometimes quite badly. So that is the thing they’re going to have to cut out quickly.”
Should Arsenal fans be worried?
The big concern for Arsenal at this moment in time should be the return of the Europa League.
While they do need to learn to kill games off, the return of European competition is going to stretch a thin squad even further, particularly in midfield.
Granit Xhaka and Albert Sambi Lokonga have been the only options available to Arteta in their last two clashes, while their failure to bring in reinforcements on deadline day may yet come back to bite them.