Betfair Blogger Louise Moran believes that Saturday's performance showed why Arsenal will fall
short in their quest for the Premier League title.
Arsenal's defeat against Hull last weekend, as well as ruining a few accumulators,
demonstrated why the Gunners won't be Premiership champions this season.
The performance was nothing short of shameful. Arsenal's start to the season
had encouraged neutrals to hope they would seriously challenge Manchester
United and Chelsea again as well as play an exciting, entertaining brand of
football. However, it was a return to the frustrating side of recent seasons
which tried to walk the ball into the net and strolled around the pitch with a
distinct lack of urgency. They managed to salvage points last year at the
Emirates with last-minute goals against so-called lesser opposition but
couldn't manage that last Saturday against a solid and determined Hull team.
It was a wake-up call for the players. Many expected to see the senior side
follow in the youngsters' footsteps following the Carling Cup thrashing of
Sheffield United and hand out a lesson to the Premiership new-boys. Maybe the
players themselves just expected to turn up, string a few passes together and
score a hatful of goals. They certainly didn't feel their places in the team
were threatened by the club's youngsters and showed a breathtaking arrogance
and lack of respect for their fans and the Hull players.
I would not expect to see a similar performance from Manchester United at
Old Trafford or Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Credit to Hull for setting their
stall out and for taking their chances but they won't take anything from their
fixtures away to Manchester United or Chelsea. They may well take a point at
Anfield, as has already been done by Stoke, but that's another story.
That's the reason why Arsenal need another season before they can seriously
challenge for the title again. Maybe it was down to inexperience and they'll
learn a valuable lesson from it, but they can't afford another humiliation.
Next weekend's trip to Sunderland will be fascinating and is the Gunners'
chance to show whether the Hull lesson has been learnt, for the sake of the
betting at least!