Arsenal haven’t led at half-time in the Premier League this season, despite unbeaten run

Arsenal haven’t led at half-time in the Premier League this season, despite unbeaten run

December 6, 2018 0 By Today news

ARSENAL are now unbeaten in 13 Premier League games after their 2-2 draw against Manchester United last night… but they have one major cause for concern.

The Gunners must have thought they were set for a win at Old Trafford when Marcos Rojo scored a 68th-minute own goal, only for Jesse Lingard to level seconds later.

Arsenal have not gone into half-time in the lead once this season
Arsenal have not gone into half-time in the lead once this season
Arsenal maintained their unbeaten run last night, but have real first-half issues
Arsenal maintained their unbeaten run last night, but have real first-half issues
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But while Unai Emery’s unbeaten run is impressive, the team seriously need to address their sluggish starts to matches.

In fact, so far this season, Arsenal have failed to go into half-time in any game with the lead. Not once.

Through 15 games, the North Londoners have sat level at the break 11 times, losing on the other four occasions.

Last night was no different either, having ventured back into the dressing room level at one-apiece.

Unai Emery must be pulling his hair out over Arsenal's first-half woes
Unai Emery must be pulling his hair out over Arsenal’s first-half woes
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Arsenal left it until the second-half to make a comeback against Spurs
Arsenal left it until the second-half to make a comeback against Spurs
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However, Arsenal do redeem themselves in the second-half of games, according to the stats – none more so than the win over Fulham in October.

Level with the Premier League basement-boys at the break, the Gunners scored four times in the second period to run-out 5-1 winners.

And it was a similar story at the weekend during the 4-2 win over Tottenham in the crunch North London derby.

In that game, they trailed 2-1 at the break, only for a second-half rampage to destroy Spurs’ game-plan.


Arsenal also left it late to get past Fulham earlier in the season
Arsenal also left it late to get past Fulham earlier in the season
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While Arsenal are unbeaten since losing their first two games of the season – against Manchester City and Chelsea – there is work to be done.

Despite their unbeaten run, including seven wins in a row between August and October, the Gunners only sit fifth in the table.

Emery and Co are already ten points adrift of league-leaders City – and know they can’t afford to drop too many more points.

If they can sort out their slow starts to games, they are likely to turn at least a few draws into wins.

That could be crucial in their quest to break back into the top four…