Arsenal FC beat Molde in faraway Norway and returned to winning ways. The Gunners have not scored from open play since 12th October when they beat Sheffield 2-1 in the Premier League. The 1-0 win against Manchester United saw the Gunners score through a Pierre Aubamayang penalty.
Mikel Arteta has come under criticism with the current form of Arsenal. Against Leicester, they controlled the match but eventually lost to a Vardy goal in the second half. Vardy has become a sort of Bogey man for Arsenal. The English man has scored 11 goals in 12 matches against the Gunners. Then again, against Aston Villa, Arsenal fell like a pack of cards in an empty Emirates Stadium. Aston Villa ran away 3-0 winners.
As a result, fans have started questioning the choice of Arteta to succeed Emery. A comparison of the two managers’ time at Arsenal is currently being conducted variously by pundits and Arsenal fans. Interestingly, it is just five months since the FA cup win. An FA cup triumph against bitter rivals Chelsea in the finals. They also beat Man-City 2-0 in the FA Cup Semi-final and Liverpool 2-1 in the premier league.
With those results, Arsenal fans started dreaming again. The feeling in and around the club changed to a positive vibe. It instantly looked like the glory days are back. Arteta also convinced the club’s talisman, Aubamayang, to commit his future to Arsenal. Unfortunately, six months down the line, they are questioning the choice of Arteta as Arsenal manager. Arsenal seems to be back to their old ways. A combination of losses and poor performance has put questions in the mind of Arsenal faithful.
Meanwhile, the win in the Europa League over Molde in Norway will ease the tension in the team. The emphatic win will lift the spirit in the squad. Pepe, who collected a red card in the match against Leeds, ran the show. He apologized to his teammates and the fans and used this match to make a statement. Before Pepe struck the opener he hit the bar and saw a decent effort go wide off the post. He tormented the Molde defense all through the match.
Nelson, who will turn 21 in two days, scored the second goal. It’s also a lively performance from the youngster. Folarin came in and added the third with his first attempt for Arsenal’s senior team.
The expectation is that Arsenal will try to build on the momentum of this winning.