Arsenal stats geeks, get ready for this one… guess how many goals we’ve scored from counter attacks this season?
Some publication I can’t find reckons we’re one of 5 teams that’s failed to score from a counter attack this season. Quite staggering when you think we’ve had Alexis Sanchez, Ozil, Lacazette and Auba in our side.
It’s an interesting one to read into. Chelsea has only one counter-attacking goal to their name, but they’re in a similar boat to us, not the best of seasons. They also don’t have a fast striker. Liverpool lead the way with Spurs on 8 and 7 respectively.
The question this opens up for me is what do these numbers mean to us? Who do we want to be as a team? Should this number matter?
In my opinion, Arsene Wenger teams should be about power, pace and unpredictable attacking patterns. Though a lot of our goals should come from carefully crafted play in and around the box, we should have levels to our game that allow us to break from defence at pace, otherwise, there’d be no point in an Auba like body? What this number tells me is we don’t have a range to our attacking style, it shows that we’re stuck in a rut, it shows that Wenger hasn’t mastered an identity for us.
Another harsh fact coming our way, if we sneak into the Europa League, we’ll have to qualify in the proper shite group stages. That’ll mean our season starts 11 days after the World Cup.
What could possibly go wrong? You’d almost want to quit the competition before it started if that were the case. We’d have basically no preseason. What a nightmare situation. We’d have to add players to the squad as we go, unless Sven and Raul can make our summer happen in record-breaking fashion this year!
I was pondering to myself just how bad things are at Arsenal… then I started dreaming about Rafa Benitez coming to save us this summer. I hated the idea, but now I’m warming to it. I think that’s more a sign of the times than him genuinely being a great fit for the club, but one thing is for sure, he’d be better than Wenger.
I’m all in on Allegri. No doubt he’ll break my heart when he joins Chelsea, but it is what it is.
The other painful thing about this malaise is it’s hard to find things to write about. It’s a bit like being on international break permanently at the moment. Wenger is breaking the writers… sad times
Right, that’s me done! x