Arsenal were the architects of their own destruction yet again on Sunday, carelessly squandering a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Watford.
The Gunners have developed a reputation for unforced errors, something which has cost them dearly under Unai Emery.
Yesterday, it was Sokratis Papastathopoulos at fault, with the Greek defender gifting the ball to the Hornets inside his own box before Tom Cleverley converted to begin the comeback.
David Luiz then conceded his second penalty in four Arsenal appearances with a clumsy tackle on Roberto Pereyra.
It’s no wonder Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose double put the Gunners two goals ahead, is sick and tired of the lacklustre performances from those behind him.
“We knew that they were going to try and come back with good intentions, of the kind they demonstrated in the second half,” he told Canal Plus.
“Sadly, we were not able to deal with them well. I feel like we are literally giving goals to the opposition, it is up to us to progress in that respect.”
Mistakes from individuals have been Arsenal’s pitfall in recent times, but how much have they been guilty of gifting goals to opponents?
Below you can see where Arsenal rank in terms of errors leading to goals compared with other Premier League teams since the start of the 2018/19 campaign, with thanks to Opta.
9= Watford – Errors leading to goals: 7
9= Tottenham – Errors leading to goals: 7
6= Cardiff City – Errors leading to goals: 8
6= Everton – Errors leading to goals: 8
6= Manchester United – Errors leading to goals: 8
5. Huddersfield Town – Errors leading to goals: 10
3= Southampton – Errors leading to goals: 11
3= Bournemouth – Errors leading to goals: 11
2. Fulham – Errors leading to goals: 12
1. Arsenal – Errors leading to goals: 14
So it’s Arsenal who have been guilty of the most errors since the start of last season and it’s therefore no surprise that they failed to finish in the top four last term.
And if the Gunners stay at the top of this table, their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League look incredibly slim.
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