Arsenal have blown their Premier League title hopes by surrendering a 2-0 lead to draw with West Ham United 3-3.
Arsene Wenger side opened up with a commanding 2-0 with goals from Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez within 35 minutes of the game. Despite holding on to faint glimpses of catching leaders Leicester City, they seemed to shut down allowing West Ham United to get back into the game.
Just before the half time whistle the Geordie striker Andy Carroll had levelled the game with two fantastic goals, both times catching Gabriel Paulista and Laurent Koscielny off guard and out of position. Carroll’s spectacular second goal received a round of ovation from the whole stadium.
Looking at the statistics going into the second half, Arsenal was dominating possession and their passing rate was superior to West Ham United. However, West Ham came out fighting and Carroll completed his hat trick with seven minutes of the second half.
This led to the view of Wenger head in hands; for a man who has led this team through 20 years of a revolution this hurt. This somehow kicked Arsenal into their missing gear.
Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck led the attack with furious shots until defender Koscielny repaid this manager with a decisive goal to end the game 3-3.
“This Arsenal team is so frustrating, playing attacking football but yet we can’t win these games,” said 45-year-old builder and Arsenal fan Tim Matbarton.
“All we ever do is buy these semi-name players and we give performances like this, rubbish.”
The Premier League table shows that Arsenal are 12 points behind leaders Leicester City with six games left – once again a season of promise but again no trophy to show for it.
“I love this club but I can’t take these stupid draws and loses, Leicester deserve to win the league we don’t, “said 30-year-old teacher Jack Donovan.
“We need these billionaire Arab owners to buy us and lead take us to glory, these over-talented academy kids won’t do it!”
For West Ham United it’s a point towards European football next season and the stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
For Arsenal, however, it’s an uninspiring point towards a third place finish and a trophy-less finish, this is despite being in the latter stages of the Cup competitions and being on top of the league in February.