Limping over the line: Arsenal struggled in home win


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David Luiz glanced from Nicholas Pepe’s cross for an early first-half goal which Arsenal managed to hold on to finish the game 1-0 and beat Bournemouth at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

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If goals were the only metrics then nothing else matter but even though the gunners had managed to win on the day, the win had a sour taste and left fans of the London club with mixed feeling. More fears than belief, more uncertainties than confidence.

Against the show the young Arsenal stars put on for us in the Europa League match which saw them attack all head-on with bravery and adventure, this was a tale in inconsistency and it raises a big question about what exactly is Arsenal’s identity under coach Unai Emery. Is Arsenal the adventurous, competitive, fearless team he had us believe he was building all though last season or is the team cautious and defensive? leaves one at a loss as to what Arsenal are trying to do.

The game saw one of the league and definitely one of the world topmost and in-form strikers go a game without an attempt on target in the second half. As soon as the goal went in, the team’s orientation seems to become all about sitting deep and waiting to counter the opposition something they are clearly not good at.

The Gunners move to third, one point above Leceister City and one behind second-placed Manchester City. The Gunners must now begin to believe in the possibility of toppling the champions but with ambiguous performances like Sunday’s that’s just a pipe dream and the Emirates must clearly define their identity going forward.

Arsenal was pretty much on the backfoot for the much of the game after Luiz’s goal with the visitors thrusting forward with wave after wave of attacks.


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