Arsenal drew 1-1 with Sheffield United today. It feels like we always draw games…which is because we do. So far, 11 of our 23 Premier League games this season have ended with honours even.
It’s very frustrating, especially as the teams around us seem to be ballsing things up as often as we do.
Despite this being our worst season in ages, we’re still only 10 points off fourth place in the table. If only we could string a run of results together…
Shkodran Mustafi, who played the full 90 minutes today, believes the Gunners are improving but that we still struggle to manage the tempo of games.
“We dealt well with most of the things that were going on, on the pitch,” he told Arsenal.com.
“We had opportunities and this was not the game we wanted, we didn’t want a game that was open like this, going from one end to another.
“We wanted to have more control which is not always easy, we had to deal with a lot of long balls and to win the second ones, and, they’re a team that does that well.
“We dealt well with that, but I think when we had the opportunities to break, we had a lot of space to attack them.
“That’s where we could have done the second goal and the game would maybe have been a little easier. We have to continue, and go again and learn from every match we play.”
He added: “We have to learn a lot, but since Arteta came in we play better football.
“We feel more comfortable when we’re on the pitch because we know what we’re doing and we know what he wants us to do, and now it’s all about putting it on the pitch for 90 minutes and not only in parts.
That’s where we lack the most at the moment, We always have parts where we play very well and what we planned before the game and sadly you lose a little bit of control and then it becomes a completely different game.
“We just need to learn how to control the matches better and to play our game for 90 minutes.”
While the result wasn’t to the players’ satisfaction, Mustafi at least acknowledged that the crowd, for the most part, recognised the efforts of the players.
“I feel that we are united,” he said. “I think we stay together and the dressing room has always been top during good and bad periods.
“That’s the only way to get out of it and I think if we want to be successful, we need to stick together, players, staff and everyone at the club. Obviously all the people that comes to the games [too].
“We want them to be happy but it’s always good when a game like this finishes and you go round and applaud and they are [applauding] too, it shows that we are united.”