When George Graham was manager of the Gunners, the famous chant was “one nil to the Arsenal”. It wasn’t pretty under the Scot, but it ensured that the team picked up three points every time they achieved this scoreline, something which hasn’t been happening much recently.
Sunderland were the latest team to pitch up at the Emirates in a defensive mode, walking off with a point ninety minutes later. Indeed, it’s been three consecutive goalless draws in the league for Arsene Wenger’s team, and the Evening Standard reports that keeper Manuel Almunia is far from happy with this state of affairs. He admits that the team are feeling the pressure on home soil, where they are struggling to break down mid-table opponents right now.
“Before, we probably used to create a few more chances and also we would finish those chances quicker,” said Almunia (below). “Now we are spending a bit more time to get a final shot.
“The players realise the fans deserve more from us and maybe some of the players are feeling more pressure at the moment at home because we are not winning.
“I can’t talk for other players but I know the fans deserve more from the team than 0-0 scores.”
At least Arsenal are keeping plenty of clean sheets right now, with the defence often being the weakest link in previous seasons. However, it’s been a frustrating time to be a Gooner during 2009, with either not enough chances being created or converted. Once again, they’ll come up against a team willing to defend for their lives on Saturday, can they break down Fulham and avoid yet another bore draw?