#1 manager Don Mattinglys faith. von corse178 17.09.2019 08:19

With another Arsenal title challenge effectively over, we look at what they must do to improve next season... Arsenals Premier League title hopes were all but ended at the weekend as their 3-3 draw with West Ham on Saturday left them even further behind Leicester and Tottenham, who beat Sunderland and Manchester United respectively on Super Sunday.Arsene Wengers side are now 13 points off the top of the table with six games to play, leaving them in a familiar scrap for the Champions League places after another campaign in which they have failed to sustain a serious title challenge. Premier League table Team Games played Goal difference Points Leicester 33 +26 72 Tottenham 33 +35 65 Arsenal 32 +22 59 Man City 32 +25 57 Man Utd 32 +9 53 With either Leicester or rivals Spurs set to become the fourth different side to win the title since Arsenals last triumph back in the 2003/04 season, frustration levels at the Emirates Stadium have hit new heights.Familiar issues have resurfaced once again, and many supporters are now eager to see the back of their long-serving manager. Wenger, though, has made it clear he has no intention of leaving before the end of his contract in 2017.So what does the Frenchman need to change to spark a change of fortunes next season? Here, we take a look at the main areas in need of attention…Mentality Arsenal threw away a two-goal lead against West Ham Arsenals brittle mentality was glaringly obvious in Saturdays capitulation at Upton Park. Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchezs goals had put them in cruise control in east London, but when Andy Carroll pulled a goal back shortly before half-time, there was a sense of inevitability about what followed.A tougher side would have held onto their lead and regrouped at half-time, but Carroll capitalised on more Arsenal panic to equalise before completing his hat-trick shortly after the break. Wenger put the goals down to a weakness from crosses - but Arsenals psychological fragility is a far deeper issue.All of Arsenals problems were highlighted against West Ham and its not character coming back to salvage a point, its character to hold on to that lead, says Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas. When youre 2-0 up and going for the title you must have the ingredients to see it through. Charlie Nicholas When youre 2-0 up and going for the title you must have the ingredients to see it through, be it blocking off Andy Carroll or not allowing them to feed him with so many balls into the box. Charlie predicts... Find out what Charlie is tipping up at 60/1 for West Ham v Man Utd here. Only Liverpool (17) and Crystal Palace (15) have lost more points from winning positions than Arsenal (14) this season, and their slide off the top of the table since January indicates they still cant cope when the pressure is cranked up. Wenger has been unable to alter Arsenals mindset in recent years - but its an urgent requirement if they are to repeat their former glories.Finishing Olivier Giroud has scored 12 goals this season - but missed 13 clear-cut chances, according to Opta Dismal finishing has been a theme of Arsenals season, with Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey guilty of repeatedly spurning goal-scoring opportunities.The problem is particularly frustrating given the sheer number of opportunities they create. According to Opta, Arsenal have fashioned 77 clear-cut chances this season - 15 more than any other side - but they have also missed 61 - 11 more than any of their rivals. Arsene Wenger was left disappointed by Arsenals 3-3 draw at West Ham Only Southampton, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Swansea have inferior clear-cut chance conversion rates than Arsenal (35.79 per cent), and the result is that they have only scored three more goals (55) than sixth-placed West Ham and struggling Everton.Danny Welbeck has brought fresh impetus since his return from injury, but Arsenal still lack a natural goalscorer. In recent years, Wenger has been unwilling to break the bank for Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain, but their prolific form for Barcelona and Napoli shows the value of a world-class striker.Transfers Petr Cech was Arsenals only summer signing ahead of 2015/16 That brings us to Arsenals transfer strategy. Wenger showed he is willing to spend big with the signings of Ozil and Sanchez, but the Gunners were the only club in Europes top-five leagues not to sign an outfield player last summer, and it wasnt the first time they have dragged their heels in the transfer market.That needs to change. Wenger has made a habit of revealing the players he nearly signed, but this summer they must work proactively to secure their targets early in the window and give their squad as much time as possible to work together in pre-season. Wenger chose not to sign Payet Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed he considered signing Dimitri Payet before he joined West Ha Reports that they have already submitted an opening bid for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka suggest lessons might have been learned, but Arsenals hunt for reinforcements should not end there - and there is certainly no shortage of money to spend.I actually felt more confident in the summer than for a long time because we signed Petr Cech and that was exactly what we needed without spending much, but clearly that wasnt enough, says Nicholas. The way I look at it right now is we lack a top quality centre-half and a top striker. I think they spoke to Karim Benzema and got a negative response. Was there another top striker available? To be honest I dont know if they went for Gonzalo Higuain or not.In terms of defenders, Id take Raphael Varane in a heartbeat, who is for some reason behind Pepe and Sergio Ramos in Real Madrids pecking order, and Id like to think Arsene would be in his agents ear. Hes quick, strong, and as a young Frenchman fits the Wenger idealism.However, Wenger doesnt have a knack of turning young defenders into great ones.Defence Per Mertesacker has come in for criticism this season Saturdays draw with West Ham was the eighth time this season Arsenal have conceded three or more goals in a single game, and it also showed they are still vulnerable to a physical, aerial approach.Their widespread defensive failings at Upton Park reflected the scale of the issue. Not only did Arsenals back four fail to stand up to Carroll, but wingers Alexis Sanchez and Alex Iwobi failed to provide adequate cover on the flanks, with all three of the Hammers goals coming from crosses.The Gunners have been dogged by complacency at the back throughout the season, and the stats show they have made 28 individual errors leading to opposition shots. No Premier League team have made more. Wenger needs to address the issue as a matter of priority. Errors leading to opposition shots - Premier League Team Errors leading to shots Arsenal 23 Liverpool 20 West Brom 20 Mauricio Pochettino has taught Jan Vertonghen how to be a centre-back and Claudio Ranieri has turned Wes Morgan and Robert Huth into a solid defensive unit, says Nicholas. If Pochettino and Ranieri can make their centre-backs see out games, why hasnt Wenger done that with the talent hes got?Gabriel has showed no signs of developing and Laurent Koscielny should be the best defender in the league. 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Peter Gammons, an analyst for Major League Baseballs network and website, drew the ire of hockey fans on Sunday when he criticized the two NHL teams on Twitter for their physical game the night before. MIAMI -- Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Zach Eflin is 22 and struggling with the inconsistency of youth.His last start was great. His start Wednesday? Not great.Eflin gave three runs in the first inning and was chased in the sixth as the Phillies lost the rubber game of the series at Miami, 11-1.I was leaving pitches up in the zone, the right-hander said. I didnt do my job. I have to work on being consistent.In his previous outing, Eflin (3-4) threw a three-hit shutout at Pittsburgh. This time he allowed seven runs in five-plus innings.He just wasnt the same guy, manager Pete Mackanin said. I didnt like the mix of pitches he used. We were hoping hed use his curveball a little bit more.Martin Prado, who singled twice off Eflin, saw things differently.He was not commanding his secondary pitches, and everybody knew that, Prado said.Mired in a team batting slump less than 24 hours earlier, the Marlins totaled 16 hits and started fast. J.T. Realmuto led off the first with a double, Martin Prado singled, Christian Yelich hit an RBI groundout, and Giancarlo Stanton followed with a two-run homer, his 22nd.It was a fastball away, and he hit it pretty well, Eflin said with a laugh.An Orlando native, Eflin had relatives and 20 friends at the game. Despite the drubbing, he was glad they came.Its really cool they were able to see me pitch, he said.The Phillies were one out from their second consecutive shutout loss when Cesar Hernandez doubled home a run.Adam Conley (7-5) pitched around eight hits and three walks to throw 6 2/3 scoreless innings, and even he joined the hit parade. He had his first career sacrifice fly and a run-scoring single for hhis first two RBI of the year.ddddddddddddThe left-hander improved to 3-0 in five starts this month with an ERA of 1.82. In five career starts against the Phillies, hes 2-1 with an ERA of 1.42.Don Kelly, who began the game 1 for 22 this season, went 3 for 5 with two triples, two RBI and two runs scored. That raised his average from .045 to .148.Realmuto, Prado and Marcell Ozuna had three hits apiece for the Marlins, who totaled seven extra-base hits and rewarded manager Don Mattinglys faith. They ended a streak of 24 consecutive scoreless innings Tuesday, and during the slump Mattingly said he wasnt worried.I lie a little bit now and then, he said with a smile. Nah, youre going to have sequences in the season where youre not going to look good offensively. We know we have talent and guys that are working hard, and we know thats not going to continue.YER OUTPhillies bench coach Larry Bowa was ejected in fourth inning by home plate umpire Pat Hoberg.He was mad at the umpire, Mackanin said. When you win, you get giddy. When you lose, you want to hang yourself. You have to stay even keel. At least I have to stay even keel, emotionally. I used to be more emotional, but over time you learn it doesnt do any good. Your fate is in the hands of the players.TRAINERS ROOMPhillies: OF Peter Bourjos (right shoulder) sat out, and his status is day to day.UP NEXTPhillies: RHP Aaron Nola (5-9, 4.75) tries for his first victory since June 5 when Philadelphia opens a four-game series at Atlanta against RHP Matt Wisler (4-10, 4.92). ' ' '

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