By Alan Duffy
Arsenal 3-3 Anderlecht – Champions League – 4th November 2014
Arsenal produced a trademark performance against Anderlecht on Tuesday night, creating lots up front but once again showing all the solidity of a trifle.
3-0 up and seemingly cruising, thanks to a penalty from Mikel Arteta, a strike from the superb Alexis Sanchez and a fine effort from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, all looked well for the hosts. However, their lack of a proper defensive spine once again came back to haunt them, with centre-halves Nacho Monreal and Per Mertesacker both at fault.
The Belgians’ first goal came on the hour-mark, when Anthony Vanden Borre scored from a painfully obvious offside position. 12 minutes later, Monreal clumsily fouled Aleksandar Mitrovic in the box. Vanden Borre netted his second of the night from the spot before Mitrovic beat Mertesacker to the ball and headed home the equaliser. And it could’ve been even worse fro the Gunners with the visitors going close again before the final whistle.
Arsenal fans will be all too familiar with this kind of result as second-place in the group and a knockout clash with a European heavyweight no doubt now awaits Arsene Wenger’s frail charges (followed by a swift exit from the competition!).