Double Agents?? Arsenal Defenders Threaten To Derail Title Bid.
On a cold winter’s noon when the Omens largely favoured us statistically against our London neighbours, our defence(which I’ll narrow to our two Centre backs) almost undid all our hard work. But then again, the profligacy of our forwards on a day when we could have been 5 goals up by the 30th minute can’t be overlooked.
Granted the lack of understanding between Kozzer and Squid is obvious as well as the lack of cohesion and a natural leader at the back. Time after time the defence played way high up the pitch, and that was almost our un-doing if not for Fabianski(the game poised at 1-1) and the flag of the linesman on numerous occasions.
Coming back to our forwards, as rampant as they were(Arshavin especially) also guilty of throwing away chances as the trio of Nasri, Arsh and Chammy all failed to find the back of the net. I’m not here to complain or grumble, only to state the obvious which is
WE WON’T WIN THE LEAGUE WITH SUCH SHAMBOLIC AND INCOHERENT DEFENDING
Its that simple, you can’t win the league if after 16 rounds of matches and you can only boast 2 clean sheets, not good enough. The only reason we’re top of the table is a combination of great attacking play, favourable results from opponents and SAMIR NASRI.
For the most protracted signing in a long time for Arsene, Nasri at 23 is finally beginning to prove his worth and not just by showing flashes but consistency and weighing in with goals and assists with 11 goals in 13 starts. And he’s done that with Fab missing most of the time, playing centrally or wide. His first goal already a contender for goal of season was a mixture of skill, composure and technique as he took Hangeland and Hughes to the cleaners before rifling it into the top corner.
If there’s any player better than him in the league on form then I haven’t seen him.
After taking the lead we threatened to roll over them and in the process ignored the warning signs as we conceded a comical goal. Squid and Kozzer came together with the latter coming off worse and Kamara stole in to equalise. As if that was not enough another opportunity presented itself, with the defence nowhere to be found Fabianski came out to deny a certain goal.
You could feel the tension in the crowd as a sense of De Ja vu started to creep in. The 2nd half continued with both teams throwing caution to the wind and attacking relentlessly. AW threw on RVP for Rosicky on the hour mark and Nasri dropped to the middle where he began dictating play.
It dint take long for the change to yield fruit as Nasri passed to RVP who held up the ball well and long enough to release Nasri who danced around Pantsil, rounded the keeper and in one swift move, turned around and managed to score despite been off balance. Emirates erupted, not only had they witnessed a magical goal, they had witnessed TWO!!!
The end was near, the 3pts within reach, but Arsenal always know how to get your heartbeat racing and continued to look shaky especially in the midfield after Wilshere was replaced by Theo. As I tweeted yesterday during the game, Alex Song is now a Midfielder, not a Defensive one seeing as he hardly protects the back four. Gera tested fabianski from long range and Fab was equal to it. There was still time for Chammy to miss a chance.
The final whistle, and Nasri had won the game for us. Hard fought it was. Is kozzer’s injury a blessing in disguise? Seeing as JD and Squid offer a better option, then again it leaves us thin at the back. Thank God for news that broke this morning that TV5’s return has been pencilled in for the Chelski game and Fab4 also to return for Manure’s game.
So maybe we don’t need new Defenders as AW said, but what’s to stop injuries from occurring again? One thing is for sure we need to cut out mediocre defending and convert more chances. In the meantime we’re top of the table. Let’s savour that. Faf will be here on tuesday to give you the Partizan Belgrade pre match preview.
From wherever you’re reading this, have a swell day, I know I will.
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