Date: 27th August 2006 at 9:03pm
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The albatros around the Gunners neck is their reluctance to shoot.

The old cliche goes that you can’t win if you don’t buy a ticket.

Well it seems that Arsenal have many people in the queue to buy said ticket, yet when their turn comes the let someone else in front of them, and so the chance to buy the winning ticket peters out.

This seems to have been a nasty little habbit for quite sometime now, stretching back well over a year. I think this has materilised through Arsenal’s ability to walk past defences and always find the man on the line to tap into an empty net between the period of 2002 and 2004, but now they are taking it to the exteme.

It seems to me that we are afraid to shoot unless inside the penalty area. Never have I seen so many missed opportunities to have a dig from distance only for them to be ignored. Infact it has gotten so bad that I’ve been sat near gooners screaming for a shot even when it’s not plausible for them to finish from whatever situations the players find themselves in.

The ridiculous thing is that we are sat one place above relegation zone (not my point, and not something to get worried about) when we have enough chances to win 5 games never mind the two that we’ve been in.

We’re not even playing bad football, we’re creating the chances, but just not taking them.

I’m not going to join the doom and gloom brigade who are convinced we’ll finish outside the top four, but unless we’re willing to have a crack from distance we’ll miss out on so many points this season that it will cause us quite a lot of discomfort.

So Mr Wenger, if you’re looking for innovative new training ideas or methods, how about you take you players and practise shooting from outside the area, because your Gooners are getting restless.