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Last week, Arsenal could not do a thing wrong in attack.
Their passes met their mark, they were creating chances with every minute of play and peppered Reading's goal all night with good, quality shots, finishing with five goals and a comfortable win in the process.
Yet this week, they were simply nowhere near as efficient and effective as they were last week.
Granted, some of that might have been because Wigan Athletic were a billion times better than the hapless Reading side they played last week, but still, this was a match that the Gunners really should have won comfortably. It should never have come down to an incredibly fortunate penalty decision for them to secure all three points in this one, no matter how well Wigan played on the night.
And it's been inconsistency—their innate inability to put opponents away and find the back of the net—that has defined the North London club's season so far.
Strong one week, mediocre the next.
Solid away to Everton one week, losing at home to Swansea the next. Victorious over West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates, humiliated by lowly Bradford City soon after.
Their inconsistency in attack has been the hallmark of their season to date and unless they can find the right squad with the right attacking players soon, it will continue to shape and haunt the Gunners throughout the remainder of the 2012-13 season.
Arsenal are a very talented team with a plethora of world-class players in their side. They should not be battling for fourth—having won their way up from 10th position from a few weeks back—and they should not have just eight wins from 18 EPL matches so far.
They've proven they can be solid and strong this year; now they simply need to perform to that standard week in and week out.
What do you make of Arsenal so far this season?
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