Arsenal were left frustrated in the last game of their 2017 calendar year as a late penalty decision halted the Gunners from getting all the three points against West Brom on Sunday.
The match was not that pretty in eye and the Gunners didn’t play their elite game either, but an Alexis Sanchez free kick deflected of James Mcclean and ended up in the net as Arsenal took the lead with seven minutes to go. But a horrible decision by referee Mike Dean allowed the Baggies a penalty which was converted by Jay Rodriguez to frustrate Arsene Wenger and Arsenal supporters in the end.
Things we Learned:
- Arsenal are inconsistent:
Arsenal were denied three points but they were not playing like to deserve all the points. The match was scrappy and the free flowing football was absent. The Gunners passing, movement in front of goal and attacking threat was not present and it was more of a disappointment from the North London side. Foster at the Baggies goal never had to make a difficult save and perhaps the Arsenal need to put more artillery in their stock as January is here.
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- Mesut was missed:
Arsenal missed Mesut Ozil and that was vivid with the lack of creativity we saw on Sunday. The German is a necessity for the Gunners and his absence hurt them big time. Arsenal had plenty of possession but with no effect, because they lacked the engineering in the attacking third, which Ozil brings. Iwobi was shocking as well as his passing, thrust everything was awful. Ozil is also on the list who may leave Arsenal eventually next summer, it is not that great news if that really happens though.
- Mike Dean is just ….. shocking :
Now it’s the time to come to the moment of the match. The penalty decision that Mike Dean gave was such a horrible one, as every pundits, analyzers have given the verdict that it wasn’t a penalty, so Dean doesn’t get the benefit of doubt here. Chambers was barely a meter away and even Kieran Gibbs initially wanted a corner, not a penalty. But Mike Dean somehow managed to put himself on the limelight at the expense of Arsenal again. Referring standards in the Premier League has been abysmal and it just gets worse, so it’s high time to introduce VAR in the game.
Arsenal players left shocked as Mike Dean awarded the penalty
- Chelsea game is a must win:
The slip at West Midlands means that now the first game for Gunners in 2018 is a mist win, and it is against Chelsea. It will be the first of the three London derbies these teams will play against each other in January, as other two matches will be played in EFL Cup Semi final tie. Arsenal’s top four dreams are hanging in the balance and a loss against the Blues will only jeopardize those ambitions even more. Gunners are seven points behind Conte’s men and they must win on Wednesday to keep their hopes alive of a top four finish.