The Gunners' Barclays Premier League title bid took an unnecessary blow with that untimely slip up against West Brom, which wouldn’t have been too bad had Manchester United not been so true to form and found a winner at the death.
The gap now stands at five points, but Arsenal have a game in hand. That could be crucial.
Arsenal need to regain some composure, find some courage and stop making mistakes at the back. Depressingly it was another needless mistake at the back that cost us, that same old tune playing again; mistakes at the back, miscommunication, lack of concentration and howlers. Change the record, please.
Although we got knocked out of three competitions I was still confident in our ability to clinch the Barclays Premier League, but when Johan Djourou dislocated his shoulder, on top of the loss of the in-form youngster Wojciech Szczesny, I began to worry.
There is no questioning Arsenal’s ability, but everyone talks about their mental frailties.
This group of young men may not have won trophies together, but they have grown up together, achieved so much, all they need now is to discover how to win those critical games and find a way to overcome any demons that may lurk in the back of their minds.
It’s now or never for Arsenal, it all comes down to the mental strength to rise from the disappointment and get the win.
In the words of Washington Irving...‘little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them’.
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