As the Premier League season draws to a close, the competition intensifies. Unfortunately, Gabriel Martinelli was injured in the Brighton match. It appears that they’re fighting for a European spot, but today’s performance in front of a home crowd was disappointing. This being the penultimate home game of the season at the Emirates, it’s particularly disheartening. I generally avoid negativity, but today’s performance was embarrassingly poor.
The injury to Gabriel Martinelli is a huge blow, and there seems to be some blame directed at Andy Madley, the referee, for not intervening in a timely manner during a rough challenge.
It’s unfortunate that Gabriel Martinelli got injured today due to a retaliatory tackle, following an earlier tackle that Martinelli made on Matoma, which resulted in an ankle injury. I would put this down to the referee’s lack of control over the game. He refrained from blowing his whistle early in the first half and permitted many questionable tackles to go unpunished without issuing a yellow card. The referee’s lack of control over the game has potentially cost Martinelli the remainder of the season, as is rumored at this moment.
Roberto De Zerbi outclassed Mikel Arteta in today’s match.
Brighton’s manager certainly deserves credit. He warned us that he had a plan after the loss to Everton, and he delivered on his promise. He came to the Emirates today, kept a clean sheet, dominated us without key players, created more chances than our team, and made us look like the inferior side. He demonstrated that you don’t need identical players to play the same style of football – you just need to implement it tactically in the right way. He completely outmaneuvered and outcoached Arteta in this game.
With this result, the title race seems all but over.
I’m feeling quite deflated at the moment, and it’s disheartening to see Arsenal’s season and the Premier League title race come to an end. Manchester City’s performance against Everton, their latest victory in the Premier League, marks their 11th consecutive win in the league. Their relentless pursuit of success seems unstoppable, and at this point, it’s clear that the Premier League title is essentially theirs. I truly believe that Manchester City’s win against Everton had an impact on Arsenal’s performance today.
The scouting watch on Caicedo went well. The player put in a stellar performance, playing predominantly at right back today. It’s worth noting that we need to invest significantly to bring in quality midfielders, and I would be delighted if one of them were Moises Caicedo. Brighton are truly blessed with midfield talent, including McAllister. The World Cup winner would also be a tremendous addition to Arsenal if we could secure both their signatures this summer.
Arsenal results since Saliba Injury
Finally, injuries are not an excuse in why Arsenal have completely capitulated the Premier League, but William Saliba is injury has shown to be costly. If you look at the form since his injury you look at the graphic below, you can clearly see that Arsenal have conceded a large amount of our goals from the season and had the most games where we drop points in a consecutive time period since his injury, it’s not a coincidence but this is on the colour to make better adjustments and to learn from this for next season