Arsenal reach new low
In the more than 20 years since Arsene Wenger took charge at Arsenal, there may have never been a more fraught moment for his job security than now. Following Arsenal’s disappointing away defeat at the hands of Liverpool, calls for the Frenchman to be sacked intensified amid growing pressure.
The defeat left Arsenal fifth, putting their chances at Champions League qualification in real jeopardy. Fourth place has been jokingly referred to as the Gunners’ trophy; yet on a more serious note, failure to qualify for Europe’s premier competition would spell disaster for Arsenal.
This season, like most others in recent Arsenal memory, has been filled with frustration at the squad’s lack of determination and ability to win matches when it counts. Although Arsenal possess a number of world-class players, including Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, they lack a top-rate striker and a dependable central midfielder.
One statistic proves particularly worrying for the north London club and reveals their futility against top opposition away from home. From the 2004/05 season to 2015/16, the Gunners have played sixty games against the season’s eventual top six away from home. In these sixty away matches they have won just ten times, losing on 31 occasions. The total? 49 points out of a possible 180. If Wenger is to leave, their inability to produce quality away victories will play a large part.
Clinical Kane carries Tottenham past Everton
On their day, there are few partnerships more lethal than Tottenham’s English duo of Harry Kane and Dele Alli. Their brilliance was on full display at White Hart Lane when Spurs beat Everton in a 3-2 thriller.
Kane continued his superb form, firing Tottenham into a 2-0 lead with a well-taken brace. His first goal was a thirty yard rocket that caught Joel Robles unawares in the Everton goal; his second was a cool one-on-one finish after Alli had slipped him through.
The second goal was a perfect representation of Tottenham’s strengths and danger they pose. Their persistent and effective pressing system won them the ball high up the pitch, Alli’s creative magic found Kane with an intelligent ball, and the most in-form striker in England slotted home with ease.
Tottenham now sit second place in the Premier League, attempting to play catch up with the league leaders. It’s become a familiar position for Spurs, and one they failed to capitalize one last season. Will this year be any different? If Kane and Alli continue their blistering form, then Tottenham will certainly make sure the title race is not a run-away contest.