By 1970’s Gooner
They also had several players vastly underperforming.Remember the home game against Dortmund. The Arsenal players started very nervously. They couldn’t get their passing game going, their usual fluency was not apparent and they hardly created anything of substance until the last minute of the first half. In the second things got better.
Something similar happened against Man Utd but the difference was that United were not going to let their lead slip. They had to win the game to get back into the title race. They were very combative as they always are against Arsenal and it worked.
Secondly Arsenal missed their leader in defence. It’s difficult to say if he would have got to RVP’s header but his domineering presence and combativeness would have gone some way to reducing the nervousness in the rest of the team.But the most striking aspect in Arsenal’s play was the lack of width and Ozil’s absence as an influence on the game.
Playing Ramsey on the wing was never going to work. Not only did he look tired he offered no penetration.
You can’t put square pegs in round holes.
Gnabry came on and he created so much down the right wing in the few minutes he was on than Arsenal created the whole game before! Thank God Walcott is coming back after the break because we can’t go on without pace and penetration on the wings.Ozil was a nonentity. He has been so in the last few games but Wenger never rests him or substitutes him. He provided nothing, nothing. Cazorla the same.
In conclusion we got done because United wanted the game more than us, were more combative, we missed Mertesacker, key players did not perform and had no width.
But we will be back make no mistake about it.
Flamini 5 (Wilshere 6)
Arteta 5 (Bendtner 3)
Cazorla 4 (Gnabry 7)