Laca this, Laca that and Arsenal lost 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspurs at Wembley. It was the Gunners’ opportunity to cut the point difference from four to one but alas, Harry Kane’s header increased the gap on the table to seven points.
It could have been 4-0 or 5-0 save Petr Cech’s saves. The former Chelsea man, ruing another opportunity to get his 200th Premier League clean sheet could do little as Kane out-jumped Koscielny to power in the winner just after the half time break. Did Kos even jump? Claims of being pushed mattered little as Spurs missed chances upon chances.
It was a poor game for the Gunners. After blowing hot against Everton, it was not the best of games for Ozil, Mkhi and Auba. It was a game to forget.
It could have been 1-1 or even 1-2 to the Gunners but Lacazette could not convert the two chances that fell to him after he was subbed in. Bellerin’s cross met an unmarked Lacazette in the Spurs box but the French striker who has taken Giroud’s place on the bench hit a West London bird in the stadium.
Poor as Iwobi was, he created the best chance of the game with a through pass that found Lacazette. The Frenchman was excellent in evading 2 Spurs players but scoffed his shot wide. A square ball to Aubameyang may have directed the ball to the net but it all summed up how average the Gunners were yesterday.
Can the Gunners finish in the top four? The probability keeps diminishing daily and all hopes of returning to the Champions League are dependent on winning the Europa League. Can the Gunners win the Europa League?
Arsenal missed Ramsey. We have won just 2 of the last 15 matches without the Welshman.
An away game is next. Hello Europe.