Arsenal lost the biggest test of this year, a match versus Manchester United, on Sunday, the score being 1-0. It was a close and tense match with Arsenal enjoying the majority of possession. For their efforts, Arsenal deserved a draw but the football Gods felt otherwise.
The game's only goal came courtesy of Arsenal villain - Robin van Persie, following a corner kick in the first half. Arsenal’s normal crisp passes looked a little stale and the dominance they
normally enjoy in midfield was disrupted well by their opponents.
For a Manchester United team that stumbled to a few early season losses, defeating first place Arsenal could be seen as the jump-start their season needed. And, perhaps, the victory could signal United getting back to the form that saw them raise the Premier League title last season.
This is not an assertion I would agree with, however, as I believe Arsenal were suffering from fatigue.
A tough run of fixtures over the past ten days, saw Arsenal earn wins against European powerhouses Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund. Unfortunately there wasn’t much left in the tank to muster much of a battle against a hungry United squad.
Arsenal fans need not worry about the quality of the squad, as it's there in spades. What the Gunners faithful do need to fret about is the lack of a quality second striker. When Arsene Wenger was forced to bring on out-of-form striker Nicklas Bendtner, (due to a lack of no other options) we all knew the game was over – talk about throwing everything including the kitchen sink at them.
What Arsenal need to do is thank United, thank them for exposing any current
weaknesses that the title hopefuls may have.
What we can take away from the match against United? Arsenal are in dire need of a top class striker as an over-reliance on the lone striker Olivier Giroud could spell disaster in the form of an injury. The need of a striker is the main priority but I also believe that the Gunners need one more central defender to add further depth to the squad.
Arsenal have lost this early season battle, but the war – the Premier League title - has not yet been won. Done the right way, Arsenal can “gun” their way to victory in the war that is the Premier League.
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