We’re only just into November, yet it would take a brave man to claim that the Gunners can still win the Premier League title. Arsenal are now six points off the pace after their 2-1 defeat at Stoke City and, while they continue to play some of the best football in the division, it appears as though their defensive frailties will stop them challenging for the crown. Two defenders have even suggested that they need to change their style of play to try and bag more points.
The Daily Telegraph reports that William Gallas feels that the team are guilty of trying to play too much attractive football sometimes. This appears to be in response to Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at Stoke, where the Potters’ direct style of play helped them to victory. The Gunners captain also mentions that he’s not the only one who feels that a big boot into touch is sometimes what’s required.
Not featuring in the Stoke match, Gallas said: “Maybe we give too great importance on playing beautiful football.
“I agree with Gael Clichy, who said you need to boot the ball into touch on occasions to preserve your lead. I think our main failing is that we are not always clear in our minds.”
A slightly strange comment in that Stoke’s goals came from a Rory Delap throw-in after the visitors had booted the ball into touch! However, it’s clear that the Arsenal side expected to be in a much stronger position after eleven matches, especially with an easier start than their main rivals. Do supporters think that the Gunners need to amend their playing style, or is it simply a case of needing some more experienced players in the team?