Last night’s draw with 0-0 has provoked plenty of reaction in the papers, blogs and beyond. Here’s a look at some of it.
Arsène Wenger’s side had the better of the chances and it was unfortunate for them that Olivier Giroud had at least four presentable opportunities without being able to hit the target once. At the final whistle there was booing for the team in second. Not the loudest boos that have been heard here, by any measure. Yet boos, nonetheless. – Daniel Taylor, Guardian.
A draw didn’t help us return to the top of the league, but when you consider a stabilising result was of paramount importance to us, it’s far from appalling. A loss could have had significant repercussions. I’m not one to dwell on the performance and react with hyperbolic fury, nor do I agree with the select few that chose to boo the team at the final whistle. That doesn’t help anything. Whilst we still have a fighting chance, supporting is what we should focus on. – The Armchair Gooner.
There were similarities here to the last time Arsenal needed to recover from a dreadful defeat. They played Chelsea at home immediately after the embarrassment of losing 6-3 at Manchester City, and although a goalless draw against José Mourinho’s side was hardly the end of the world, it felt like an opportunity lost. Another home clean sheet for Arsenal (that’s 11 from 12 games at the Emirates) but their lack of a deadly finisher is costing them. – Amy Lawrence, Guardian.
The most open title chase in many a year is taking shape and we are not out of it, by any stretch of the imagination. It is, however, hard to remind yourself of that having secured just one point out of six against the most vulnerable reigning champions ever. If we miss out by two or three points in May we will remember these two games I fancy. – Goonerholic.
To the surprise of none of their supporters, Arsenal again paid the price for not buying another centre-forward in the January window. t Arsenal miss the pace of Theo Walcott, that ability to race in behind defences. Aaron Ramsey’s dynamism and goal threat were also missed. – Henry Winter, Telegraph.
It’s not all doom and gloom. The table makes it clear: we’re still in the race. I’m not going to prematurely mourn the title. However, I’m inconsolably sad that Arsenal will go through the 2013/14 season having failed to beat the worst United team in decades. We’ve missed the party. – Gunnerblog.
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