According to Opta, Arsenal are the only side yet to be losing at half-time in a Premier League match this season (winning six and drawing six). In fact, we’ve not been behind in a league game at half-time since 28 February.
It’s a remarkable record, however, in recent weeks the Gunners haven’t been their best in the opening stages of games, most notably against PSG, Manchester United and Sp*rs. It’s a problem that Carl Jenkinson believes his teammates must address if they are to get back to winning ways.
Speaking after last night’s 2-2 draw with the Ligue 1 champions, the right-back told Arsenal Player:
“At Manchester United we especially didn’t start at our best and [against PSG] similarly. It is something we have got to be aware of because it has happened a couple of times lately.
“It is something we have got to be aware of because it has happened a couple of times lately.
“You can look at it as a tough night, but it is always going to be when playing a top team. I think we played well, the head to head rule is very frustrating, I’m not a fan of that and I think it is a shame. I think we played well and it is unfortunate that we didn’t hold on to the win but that is life.
“To go behind against a team of this calibre and then to come back, we have got a lot of character in this squad and we are showing it time and time again and on another day we win tonight, so it is frustrating but that is football.
“It makes a big difference, not just at this level but in the Premier League as well. You look at the stats and whoever scores the first goal, they generally go on to win the game. We have let that drop a bit lately and if we get the goal first, nine times out of 10 we win and we need to get back to doing that.”