By 1970's Gooner
Arsenal played without a recognised winger against Napoli and played them off the park. But that was then. Ozil had a blinder but was not able to repeat it against WBA. Ramsey had a blinder but not against WBA. And the big difference was that Rosicky started against the Italians.
Rosicky is able to change the speed of the game with his forward runs and incisive passes.
He did so when he came on at the Hawthorns. Wilshere who is very uncomfortable playing on the wing came inside more and as a result got the goal and set Giroud up beautifully for a chance to win the game.
As a result of Arsenal's lack of width their play was mainly directed through the middle.
One would have thought that the full backs would have bombed forward as they usually do for Arsene Wenger's teams. But neither Jenkinson nor Gibbs showed up at the other end often enough.
Jenkinson had a very average game and so did Gibbs. Just about everybody had an average game bar Szczesny.
So, added to the off day had by all in the Arsenal team, came Clarke's tactics which were concentrated on blocking Arsenal's thrusts through the centre of the park by crowding that area realising that the threat from the wings was weak.
They worked hard and deserved their point which could have been three if old boy Anelka had taken one of three very good chances that came his way.
Arsenal will be firing again after the international break when Cazorla, Walcott and Sagna come back.
A point away today will prove to be a point gained come the end of the season.