Yeah, it wasn’t a great performance up at Goodison Park last night.
Yeah, the same faults in evidence at Villa were on show again against the Toffees.
Yeah, we would all like things to be better at the moment.
But for crying out loud let’s keep some perspective.
We have just recorded our second consecutive draw on the road. Aston Villa are always tough opponents even if they are in the doldrums right now; Everton, meanwhile, are being strongly tipped for a top four finish this season.
Neither draw was a bad result, unless you are so ridiculously entitled that you are going to strop out on principle every time we fail to win.
To judge by the reaction of some fans you would think we had just suffered two heavy defeats to teams of no consequence, not two away draws at difficult venues.
Here are a few thoughts to put things in context:
- We are unbeaten in six games (since the away defeat at ManUre).
- While our attacking game stutters, we are at least becoming hard to beat.
- Manchester United lost at Everton this season and Liverpool failed to win (in fact the last team to win there was Arsenal, last season).
- Our goal difference is Plus 10 after 13 fixtures. At the same point last year it was Plus 3.
- Our squad is returning to full strength.
- At this point last year we had suffered four defeats compared with three this season.
- Last year we lost four of our next nine league games: I don’t expect us to do that this year.
This is not to say that there are not problems with the way we’ve been playing recently.
We lack fluidity up front; we are disconnected in midfield; we are still prone to silly individual mistakes; our midfield seems to struggle physically with a lot of opposing teams.
But this is not a crisis.
We have the players and the manager to put things back on track. If I were to bet, I would say we will be top four by the end of the year.
And I also expect Arsene Wenger to spend some money in the winter transfer window.
If you are feeling down in the dumps about all things Arsenal at the moment I understand: I share those feelings. But, as the saying goes, it’s always darkest before the dawn. And the Arsenal dawn is coming.