Rob Holding’s unconvincing argument for Arsenal’s poor form in front of goal

Rob Holding claims Arsenal’s recent run of poor form is merely down to a spot of bad luck in front of goal.

The Gunners fell to another defeat against rivals Tottenham on Sunday – their fourth loss in their previous six Premier League appearances.

Spurs’ 2-0 win leaves Arsenal languishing in 15th place with just four wins from their opening 11 fixtures as pressure is now beginning to mount on manager Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal’s difficulty in creating chances and scoring goals has come under particular scrutiny, but despite some damning statistics, Holding insists fortune just isn’t running in their favour.

“We’re going through a bit of a phase where luck isn’t really on our side,” the centre-back told Arsenal’s official website .

Rob Holding feels Arsenal just need some good fortune to turn the tide of bad results

“We maybe just need one to deflect off someone and trickle into the net to give the forwards the confidence again to score some goals. It’s frustrating watching from the back when we’re pushing up and trying to get as many chances as we can and we just need a bit of luck.

“We had so many chances second half [against Spurs] and we just couldn’t put the ball in the net. It’s been a problem for a few games now.”

Arsenal did manage to muster 11 shots to Tottenham’s six on Sunday, but only hit the target twice – the same total they recorded in each of their previous four fixtures.

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Those figures have contributed to Arsenal ranking 18th out of the 20 top-flight teams for shots on target this season.

More problematic for Arteta is the fact his side sit bottom of the pile for chances created over the course of this campaign thus far.

And while Arsenal dominated possession at Spurs, Jose Mourinho had set his team up to stifle their opponents and catch them on the break, perhaps safe in the knowledge just one or two goals would prove the difference.

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Holding blocks Giovani Lo Celso's pass during Sunday's clash with Tottenham
Holding blocks Giovani Lo Celso’s pass during Sunday’s clash with Tottenham

Arsenal now face three crucial fixtures in the run-up to Christmas (against Burnley, Everton and Southampton ) where fans will be expecting improved results, which Holding believes will be just a matter of time.

Adding of their result at Tottenham, he said: “We stayed together and kept pushing right to the final whistle. We got men in the box and we just need to stick together and not let anyone pull us apart.

“We need to keep going and, hopefully, things will change for us.”

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