Swansea have in recent times evolved their Arsenal as all good football teams aspire. Never mind the boring boring media narratives of attractive vs. boring football which ignore all context and understanding of Football (or most revealingly funding) the sort of understanding that allows a seven year old to copy the skills of the best players in the world whilst talentless hacks praise the empty husks who best reflect themselves.
Swansea like Southampton show up the overspending cloggers up and down the league. Simply a good team who don’t over dive or hack too much.
Like other good teams in the league they also have a Big Lump option in the squad. First Bony now Gomis, Gomis scoring at the same end as Bony last season.
What were the main differences to the previous Hull game and how did Gomis do it again?
Swansea didn’t have A.Durham’s England nomination M.Dawson at the back. Don’t grow up to be a shock jock kids, it’s not a good look.
The Arsenal unwisely used up their recent allowance of Luck with their two deflected goals last week. No generous ricochet at the end there.
I could attempt to go on about tactics but that would be a waste of all our time so here’s Passenal from the previous thread:
“The few half-chances we created were either snatched at or directed straight at Fabianski who as expected fulfilled the law of the game in coming back to haunt us. Swansea executed their defensive game plan well and were fortunate enough to take their best chance at a good time in the match when there was very little time for Arsenal to come back into it. Ospina had a solid game and was very unlucky not to make that save before enough of the ball had crossed the line. But sadly you can’t win them all as much as you would love to. Let’s see how the players react to this set back. It will tell us a lot about how ready they are for a real title challenge next season.”
For Gomis, I blame my friend who was heckling the hapless striker as he failed to contest for anything after coming on, save for that single late header. Never advisable to heckle the player who scored a recent late winner against when they’ve just come on as a sub, late on in the game, even if they are having a stinker *shakes head*
I haven’t watched the long replay of their goal, don’t think I will, so I can’t help you there.
Overall Arsenal weren’t slow but it’s also fair to say they were not playing the one touch famous Arsenal football that , say, Özil mentioned in his first interview for the club. That doesn’t mean they have try it all the time but you all know what I mean. Variations in the tempo. Some but not enough runs to the byline , especially the right side which made it easier for them to block the left/center. Welbeck or Chambo as right sided options if Walcott’s not inked in to start at the moment would make a difference, I felt like Giroud needed a rest at CF and wanted to see Welbeck get a game.
Before Walcott’s injury Arsenal used to often overload the right in games. Sagna locking down the entire wing becasue he could and Walcott playing essentially as a second striker who’d drop back into midfield when out of possession. Have we simply seen a swap with the forward now on the left and a midfielder type on the right? I don’t see this as an inversion. Walcott can lurk on the last line of the defenders pushing them back. This means that whilst he has less touches then others in a game he’s still forcing the opponents to alter their shape. Sanchez plays like a dervish in constant motion and it’s fair to say he has a different style. I like to think an Alexis-Giroud/Welbeck-Walcott type line up would be fun to see, Chambo too once he is fit.
I’d also like to think that once he’s fully recovered that Walcott will be in contention (please refer to Falcao – similar injury at the same time, and the manager’s recent comments on fitness for Gibbs, Walcott and others). If he wants to evolve as a CF he should start to copy Giroud’s runs to the near post. Two/three times he missed a chance to make a run to the post towards the end last night but he is very rusty and it takes several games, sometimes months to get back to those levels.
That’s how my untutored eyes saw the game on first viewing.
Some other thoughts:
Can someone please find the evil witch doctor who put a curse on Cazorla scoring from open play this season, and ask them to take the pins out the doll?
No one would not want to have the French International RB available all season long. He won that spot in the national team following Sagna’s double break, but has been out himself following uncalled fouls (a fair few of those and yes you will pick an injury, like Sagna, like Walcott, like Debuchy, brittle or bruised bones and all) after moving to the Arsenal. Reviews of the officials including our hapless and slightly portly bungler from last night can be found where the officials themselves read the reviews, you know where!
There was a spell where Bellerin and Chambers rotated a little bit before Debuchy’s return (before he went out again with an unsurprising post return niggle ), so Bellerin was in better condition then fellow teenager Chambers for the away game in Swansea.
I enjoyed the contest between Montero and Bellerin only at the death was the young RB beaten, just. If he was an inch taller he’d have cleared the cross in the build up to their goal. But it’s ok. He’s still a baller.
A blip, or a rick, one was due before the end of the season. I’d prefer to lose to the Swans then the Evil Mancs or in the Cup Final.