Premier League Game 22
Arsenal 1 – 2 Manchester United
Emirates Stadium (22/01/12)
What a great performance, we really shouldn’t have given Arsenal a route back into the game. It was another one of those games from us, where we score a goal and go into self-destruct/defensive mode, whichever way you see it. Thankfully, this time, we showed great determination.
Arsenal lost the midfield and full back battle. I was mostly surprised with Song’s performance. His consistency levels are pretty poor, for some reason, whenever I have watched him this season, his performance improves significantly in the second half. Ramsey, on the other hand, didn’t have a clue what he was doing. He holds onto the ball for far too long, maybe someone needs to teach him that picking out the simple option is more beneficial. However, the two centre-backs, Mertesacker and Koscielny, played great. Mertesacker does struggle with pace, but his reading of the game is second to none, in my opinion. There were some crucial headers he won. Koscielny is a fantastic defender. I had my doubts over him last season
You kind of have to feel for van Persie, he does not deserve to be in this Arsenal squad, it’s the poorest Arsenal squad he’s ever been in. There was no support, he was isolated, in addition to this, Smalling and Evans handled him very well, I was actually astounded at the performance Evans put in. He looks more fitter and is on form, dominates in some of his weaker aspects, like aerially, which is great to see. Smalling is continuing his upward trajectory, he was crucial throughout the game.
The naivety Wenger shows, at times, is laughable. I don’t know when Sagna and Santos are back, but you simply don’t have adequate cover for the pair. Deploying centre-backs as full backs isn’t going to work, unless they know what to bloody do. Nani proved to be too much for Djourou, who was lazy and didn’t get tight enough to our players, he was one of the main reasons we scored – he didn’t get close enough quickly to block Giggs’ cross. It was a fantastic sight watching the time and space Nani and Evra received down the left. Nani had another great game against Arsenal, he was all over Djourou, but that decisive pass was missing. On the other side, Valencia put in an equally decent shift, a goal and an assist to cap off a performance to remember. It’s no coincidence that Fergie took Rafael off when Arshavin was introduced and shifted Valencia to right back.
Finally, we need to secure Welbeck’s long term future with us. What a prospect he is – his close control and pace were too much, however, his finishing and decision making can still improve.
Great analysis mate,but maybe you should note about Rooney’s performance,,because he was very poor in last 3 or 4 matches,almost did nothing useful for the team especially in this arsenal match. Fergie already questioned about his form but who else can play upfront??
One thing that I mostly concern is our injury problems and also the players seems very vulnerable. Have no idea why it happen,team physio and doctor really have a difficult task to solve this problem.
Thanks for comment anyway and I hope you enjoy this blog..😀
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