No, this isn’t the code to unlock the hidden levels on Angry Birds. It’s Arsenal record in the league after their Carling Cup Final collapse in February against Birmingham City.
The wins for Arsenal came against Blackpool, Manchester United and Swansea City. Despite the impressive win against Man United, Arsenal have — in the last six months — failed to beat teams such as Blackburn, Bolton, Stoke City, Sunderland and West Brom. These are clubs that Arsenal supporters usually turn their noses up at.
Arsene Wenger’s win percentage since the end of February is a pathetic 18.75%. Blackburn manager Steve Kean, who before today was under pressure from his fans to get the sack, has the same win percentage as the French professor.
Looking at today’s match at Ewood Park, Blackburn created their own luck by putting the Arsenal defenders under intense pressure which led to the two own goals. Arsenal will feel unfortunate that Yakubu’s second goal wasn’t called for offside. But despite a late flurry from Arsenal where Blackburn hung on for victory, the performance by the Gunners lacked the character that we expect to see from this side. Johan Djourou and Laurent Koscielny were dreadful, while Mikel Arteta and Robin van Persie were — again — two of the few bright sparks for Arsenal.
In the league, Arsenal next face Bolton and then arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur. The way this Arsenal team is playing right now, no fixture can be perceived as an easy three points.