Having only viewed some highlights of Arsenal’s 4-2 loss at Manchester City from the weekend, I don’t yet feel compelled to watch the entire match that I had recorded while I was out on Saturday.
I know I’ll get around to watching it later this week, but the disappointment of realizing that the Gunners basically outplayed both Manchester sides on the road without coming away with any points from these last two Premiership games is too frustrating for me on this Monday.
I have read some match reports and post-game banter and reactions from players and pundits alike, but I think I’ll wait until after the opening match of the Champions League group stage before viewing the entire match for myself.
Arsenal play at Standard Liege on Wednesday, and I’m hoping an initial win in European competition will put the Gunners back on track for a successful run in domestic play, and put this Gooner in a better mood when finally deciding to view the Man City match on tape.
Unfortunately, the loss at the City of Manchester Stadium had some similar aspects to the defeat to United two weeks ago, including a freakish own goal and a second-half spell that saw the opponents reverse what looked more like an Arsenal victory.
Yes, the Gunners again seemed more likely to take the points two-thirds of the way through the match, only to be overtaken during a late stretch — when City scored three goals, including one from former Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor — leaving Arsenal left to rue another missed opportunity after losing in Manchester for the second time in two weeks.
The nature of both results makes them very “difficult to take,” a phrase used by manager Arsene Wenger when commenting on the 4-2 loss in a post-match interview.
“The turning point was when it went to 2-1,” said Wenger. “We conceded a stupid second goal and after that we were exposed, and I don’t think it was the third or fourth goal [which were turning points].
“Even at 4-2 we had a chance to come back to 4-4, but we lacked a little bit of belief to really come back because I felt that there was enough room to come back,” continued the manager, in an interview with Chris Harris from http://www.arsenal.com.
Returning home empty-handed from the last two league matches, the Gunners have six points thus far this season and currently sit in ninth place in the Premiership table, which could be cause for concern. “It’s worrying,” added Wenger. “The only thing I can say is we played four times, and three times away, and unfortunately we lost these two games and that’s very difficult to take because we have to learn to take the maximum with the performance we produce and we didn’t do that.
“Defensively we had not a good enough performance (against Man City). Now we have to focus on our next game and we have to live with the disappointment of losing.”
I guess that’s true, but this supporter is going to take another couple of days before viewing the full video of that disappointing loss.