DANNY MURPHY: There was bedlam in the BBC studio when Reiss Nelson netted his late winner for Arsenal... with Ian Wright only deciding to stay when Gary Lineker threatened to replace him with a cardboard cutout if he walked out at 2-0!
It was bedlam in the Match of the Day studios when Reiss Nelson scored Arsenal’s late winner. Everyone was jumping around, including me as an ex-Tottenham player. Sometimes the drama just takes you over, that’s why we love the game.
You can imagine what Ian Wright was like. When Bournemouth were leading 2-0, he threatened to walk out of the studio, only for Gary Lineker to suggest we’d use a cardboard cut-out instead.
Needless to say, Wrighty was happy he stayed. It was another example of Arsenal’s resilience after late winners against Aston Villa and Manchester United. They are going nowhere in this title race.
In Eddie Nketiah and now Nelson, the Arsenal squad is deeper than people feared. And Mikel Arteta has the ruthless streak you need. He showed that by subbing the sub, Emile Smith Rowe, because he felt that was what the team needed.
It was a different feel from the other game I was watching, Chelsea’s 1-0 win against Leeds. It was better from Graham Potter’s team but only slightly. It was still scrappy and I don’t think the fans bred on success will be won over. It might change if they get past Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday.
You can imagine what watching Arsenal's dramatic win at the studio with Ian Wright was like
Reiss Nelson's 97th minute winner secured three points for the Gunners despite going behind
While some compare their circumstances, I don't think Mikel Arteta is like Graham Potter
There have been comparisons made between the pressure Potter is under and what happened to Arteta at the start of last season, when Arsenal lost their first three games without a goal.
They’re not too similar in my view. Arteta had already built up some credit by winning the FA Cup in his first season and, even more importantly, you could see he was building a team identity.
Potter has come into a difficult set of circumstances but there are too many changes of formation and personnel. He’d do better sticking with a preferred system and keeping selections as consistent as possible so the players can build partnerships on the pitch.
They are out of both domestic cups and won’t finish in the top four, so start building a structure for the future. If guys like Mateo Kovacic and Hakim Ziyech aren’t part of the plans, why play them instead of people who are there for the longer term?
Dortmund will be a tough ask, particularly as defender Benoit Badiashile, part of Chelsea’s clean sheet yesterday, was left out of the Champions League squad.
On a positive note, Wesley Fofana and Ben Chilwell both did well. If Potter sticks with a three-man defence against the Germans, I think he should keep Chilwell at wing-back rather than shift him inside to cover for Badiashile and play Marc Cucurella outside him.
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