We can moan all we like about the type of football Bolton play (itâ€™s not my cup of tea, to put it mildly), but the only people to blame for our 1-1 cup draw is us.
There was a stats page in yesterdayâ€™s programme that revealed just about all that needs revealing about Arsenalâ€™s Achilles heel this season. Forget all the nonsense about not being able to cope against muscular northern sides: our main problem is starting slowly and conceding first.
We might be unbeaten at home but the stats donâ€™t lie â€“ in the seventeen matches weâ€™ve played at home this season, weâ€™ve conceded first an astonishing ten times.
Everyone knows how hard it is to win from a position of 0-1, and the stats back that up too. In those ten matches, weâ€™ve only gone on to win four of them.
So thereâ€™s your problem.
Hereâ€™s another interesting fact for you, which backs up the argument that we start too slowly (and makes me glad Iâ€™m in the north end of the ground). Weâ€™ve only scored 11 goals at the south end â€“ the end we usually attack in the first half â€“ whereas weâ€™ve knocked in 27 goals at the north end, where we usually attack in the second half.
All those in the south end are being goal short-changed.