4. Mental Strength Still Worryingly Absent
There were 74 seconds between Dele Alli’s opener and Harry Kane’s falling over Gabriel’s stray leg for the game-ending penalty. That is utterly unacceptable. A professional football club with professional, experienced players and an accomplished, intelligent manager cannot crumble under the pressure at such a vital time. And, in all honesty, it’s not even that surprising.
On a number of occasions, Arsenal have looked competitive with some of the top teams, both domestically and on the continent, until they concede, and then, in a state of utter panic and confusion, they begin to implode.
At 1-0 down, while disappointing, the game is far from over. Concede another, and suddenly, there is a much bigger hole to haul yourselves out of, one that Arsenal never even looked like doing. There has to be a thought that, once you concede, you then have five or ten minutes to recover, to not concede another and to regroup. That is not the case with Arsenal. Where on earth is their mental strength?