There are two complaints that are constantly thrown at Arsene Wenger about his Arsenal team.
One is the undeniable fact that they have a soft centre, too many selfies not enough slide tackles. Although the Frenchman is trying to remedy that by signing Granit Xhaka and with Mohammed Elneny’s recent arrival, that one is fairly irrefutable.
The other accusation is thrown around so wildly, it’s become a cliché. “Same old Arsenal, trying to walk the ball in,” is uttered by pundits any time an Arsenal attack breaks down in and around the penalty area. A large part of the former Monaco boss’ philosophy is using intricate passing to open up the defence rather than trying their luck from distance.
One of Squawka‘s latest stats would certainly back that one up.
Alexis Sanchez's goals were the first scored from outside the area in the Premier League by Arsenal in 2016. pic.twitter.com/CjGBEjk5DN
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Alexis Sanchez’s goals on Thursday were the first scored from outside the area in the Premier League by the Gunners in 2016.
In mid-April, Wenger’s men registered their first goals from outside the box of the calendar year.
That’s just Arsenal in a nutshell.