Arsenal bottled the chance to move top of the Premier League last night after losing for only the second time in the league this season, with Everton securing a 2-1 victory at Goodison Park- the Toffees’ first win in five matches.
That defeat has raised question marks as to whether Arsene Wenger’s side are genuine title contenders and the performance of the Everton players has highlighted a weakness of the Arsenal side that other opponents could look to exploit.
BT Sport pundit Michael Own has documented their struggles, with comments made in the post-match coverage of Tuesday’s result.
“When he says they ‘fought really hard’, they fought really hard from Arsenal’s point of view. That’s a passing type of fighting hard, running around a bit.”
“But when you are talking about physically fighting, they are just not designed for that. They are not a team that plays or trains that way. They need to pass a team off the park and when any team gets really physical against them, they find it harder.”
In a Premier League that is renowned for it’s physicality, Arsenal could come undone further between now and the end of the season as the North London giants seem to lack a back-up tactic when things aren’t going their way in the match.
The next few matches will be crucial for Arsenal, starting with their trip to face Manchester City this weekend- which is now turning into a must-win match.