Today a new ‘guest’ writer from Twitter, a certain @arseblagger gives us his take on yesterday’s game and then we’ll hear from @Blackburngeorge.
First up our new twitter friend @Arseblagger.
A gift of a penalty, an own goal and an offside goal gave us three points that we never looked like getting.
From the moment I saw the team that Wenger had picked I knew we were in trouble.
I called it. I simply knew we should have started Podolski and Theo rather than the hapless and out of their respective depths, Gervinho and Cazorla.
The game proved I was right and Wenger has lost the plot. If they had started we would have scored three goals in the first 10 minutes rather than the last.
We started slowly and quickly ran out of the steam we had never had. We never looked like scoring, and defended like a pub team. Norwich out-played us. Those reliable BBC statisticians told us that they had 51% possession. Imagine that. We are a disgrace of a team.
We should be beating teams like that by five clear goals at home.
It makes me sick to see us in such a poor position with this bunch of second-class players. If we manage to fluke a Champions League spot we will be humiliated again next year.
This lot are so bad they have dragged Jack down to their level. Now he is useless, as well.
Okaaay, thanks for that Blagger. I’m sure I speak for precisely none of us here in looking forward to your next article.
Now here is how George judged the same game …
Alan Hansen, on Match of the Day (MOTD) last week said that Arsenal’s problem was that we could not play poorly and win. Well I am glad he pointed that out because Arsene seems to have addressed that particular problem this week, and put it right.
I find myself hard pushed to think of many moments of Wengerball.
I was disappointed in our first half performance. I think we were slow and lacking more than a little spark. Personally I think that missing spark was one Tomas Rosicky. His replacement – Jack – was definitely out of sorts. And Arsene removed him just about as soon as he could without denting the lad’s confidence.
Jack has been 6 weeks out and it really showed. I hope Rosicky is fit for the visit of Everton on Tuesday. For me he is currently miles ahead of the youngster.
Another youngster that was definitely not out-of-form is Aaron Ramsey. I thought he was our stand-out player – and by quite a margin. He worked tirelessly and looks brimfull of confidence and class.
It just shows what can be achieved with a little perseverance by the manager and a good attitude by the player. He has gone from deadwood to dead-cert.
I understand I have not mentioned their goal and how it came about, because I assume you have all seen it and I don’t want to think about it.
Anyway, Arsene hooked Jack and Gervinho, and Theo and Podolski entered the fray.
It seemed to inject a bit of pace and urgency to the team and the visitors were pinned even farther back.
The pressure mounted and on my dodgy internet stream Tony Gale urged Norwich on and lambasted our teams efforts and players.
Then Giroud was hauled down in the box and the assistant referee flagged it up. There has been moaning and carping about that ever since, but I don’t understand why anyone can complain about the correct decision being made.
Up stepped our cool cat Captain and it was 1-1.
Three minutes later we took the lead through a Giroud/own goal (I couldn’t care less which). By this time Arsene had brought Alex Oxlade Chamberlain on for Sagna (a bold move for a man who supposedly never makes good tactical changes or bold substitutions) and the kid burst into the box, made the byline and with the outside of his right foot cut it across the face of goal. Yippee.
Now I am cursing the fact that due to their persistent time-wasting they have six minutes of additional time to rescue an undeserved point.
Then Safehanski make a wonderful save with his legs. Safehansnlegski, it would seem.
However, when Theo was played in behind (quite a bit behind actually, but let’s not go there, either) Podolski showed us just why he has 100+ German caps to his name. It was a brilliant bit of finishing from him. He could have had a hat trick if not for two previous thundering efforts being miraculously tipped over the bar.
All the things Arsene has claimed this team have, grit – Finsbury will like that- mental strength and a never-say-die spirit were displayed in the closing stages.
It was, in the end a great three points and one step closer to our remaining target for the season.
It turns out we actually had 68% possession by the way (and no thanks to the BBC).
I suspect we will have to do better against Everton, and I am convinced we will.
Oh, and we are third in the table, don’t you know?