Arsenal, the fifth team in the history of the English Premier League, have failed to win two consecutive games in which they led by two goals. This has raised concerns among fans and analysts about the team's ability to hold on to leads and close out games.
The first of these games came against Crystal Palace on January 11, 2020. Arsenal started the game brightly, with goals from Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz putting them 2-0 up within the first ten minutes. However, Palace fought back and managed to score two goals of their own, with Jordan Ayew and Luka Milivojevic finding the back of the net. The game ended in a 2-2 draw, with Arsenal unable to secure all three points despite their early dominance.
The second game was against Chelsea on January 21, 2020. Arsenal once again took an early lead, with goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Hector Bellerin putting them 2-0 up within the first 30 minutes. However, Chelsea managed to score two goals of their own, with Jorginho and Cesar Azpilicueta finding the back of the net. The game ended in a 2-2 draw, with Arsenal once again unable to hold on to their early lead.
These two results have highlighted Arsenal's defensive frailties and their inability to close out games. They have also raised questions about the team's mental toughness and their ability to handle pressure situations.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has acknowledged these concerns and has vowed to work on improving the team's defensive capabilities. He has also stressed the importance of mental strength and has called on his players to remain focused and disciplined throughout the game.
Despite these setbacks, Arsenal still have a chance to salvage their season and climb up the Premier League table. However, they will need to address these issues quickly and start winning games if they are to achieve their goals.