By Eros, offering a view from the "terraces"
What can you say…, what the f*ck where they thinking about? How can you give so many silly goals away in the same game?
Why was the best passing team in Europe unable to hold the ball for a couple more minutes?
Why does Arsene insist on making defensive substitutions in the 87th minute?
Especially when so many times in the past have cost us dearly through the confusion they create?
I bet if Nasri was there Clichy never trips on that ball!
All this stuff has been bugging me since Wednesday night and for the life of me I can’t figure it out.
We were bad on Wednesday, bad at the back, dire in the middle and bad going forward.
I know we scored 4 goals but to be honest we should have put 44 against that defence, they were clueless. Corluca has no understanding with Woodgate yet, Hutton had a mare of game and don’t even get me started on Assou Ekoto or Gomes…
I’m not doing a match report as I can’t bear to go through everything again but a few things that I picked up, watching from my seat at the Emirates, are of great concern to me.
The biggest concern in my opinion is the midfield; they are not dominating games as we are used to and they are not providing any protection for their defence either.
Nasri struggles to get in to games lately. He was a nonentity in the first half,
forcing us to play through the other side almost exclusively making us a lot more predictable.
Cesc again was playing deeper than Denilson. I don’t know if that was by design or because he has no confidence in the rest of the midfield to get him the ball higher up but it does no good to our attacking play.
He has to be forced to play a lot higher up where he can be not just effective but devastating.
Denilson's ethos is to be commended but he needs to get stuck in more, especially near the end when we conceded ground, he should have been hounding the ball down trying to get it back.
He should be attempting to close down Jenas for the 3rd goal.
He should have been in Modric’s face rather than allowing him a free strike on goal...
Walcott was our best outlet; had the beating of Assou Ekoto all night. He has the confidence of his team mates now and is beginning to become a very important player for us.
In general our build up play is too slow, it’s almost like we are going for the win by a decision and not by KO. That’s not our style. Are we tired this early in the season?
The full backs, especially Sagna, are not bombing forward at every opportunity, the midfielders are holding their positions more rather than making runs into the box to create confusion.
It’s all very un Arsene like and guess what? It’s not working!!!
Can we go back to the gun-ho version please?
The one attacking with everyone but the centre backs and the keeper.
The one that the full backs are further forward than the strikers.
The one the creates confusion because of the off the ball movement because that‘s what works best for us.
The rigidity that we currently employ doesn’t.
Tough games are coming up, probably the toughest sequence we will face all season: Stoke, Man U, Villa, City and then Chelsea.
The players have a chance to redeem themselves. In order for this bitter taste to wash away they need to comprehensively beat the mancs. Beating Stoke and Fenerbacse won’t do it.
Just a little mention on Tottenham
Modric was the best player on the pitch especially in the first half, where he found space and was given time on the ball. I was impressed and if they give him some protection and find a decent striker they’ll do a lot better than they are doing now.
P.S. Please may I never hear anyone again talk about changing the Gallas and Toure CB pairing. If Kolo was on the pitch there’s no way he doesn’t clean up Almunia’s mess or that he lets Jenas go all that way without an attempt on a challenge.
Get Kolo back in the team ASAP.