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Arsenal: Gathering swallows Twitter in the skies

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Good Morning Positive Arsenal fans,

A fine Sunday morning here, windy but bright Autumnal sunshine and mellow fruitfulness.

Of yesterday’s contest as expected a well drilled Swansea defensive side posed a number of problems for the first 45 before cracking and allowing us to pocket the three points, as expected.

Some comments I see have been made about our “laboured” first half performance, not least by the manager. I did not think we were poor, but as in previous home games despite 80%+ control of the ball we got no further than the final third and never really opened up a clear chance. Clearly compared to our ripping-Everton-a-new-one of six days before any performance was likely to be “laboured”. It may however be worth reflecting however that the Swansea were no Everton. They sat deep, had three solid centre back who Lacazette had to battled with on his own, and a screen of midfielders who dropped back to soak up and disrupt. Having gifted them a silly opener they dug in ferociously and denied us space and time in the final third. On another day that might have been enough for the Swans, as in previous painful encounters (!).

We are an older team now, more mature, and with better players. I doubt the teacups flew at half-time in the home dressing room. I suspect the message was more a reminder to the players that we had to use every inch of the pitch to stretch Swansea, and that it is important for players to be dynamic and quick in creating space for themselves to receive a pass.

If that was the message then within 11 minutes the scoreboard had been corrected and the wining goal despatched by Aaron. “Tidy” as they say in the valleys. Sead’s rocket for the first and involvement in the second earned him the man of the match.

The left hand side of our football team I thought stood out yesterday. Nacho, Sead and Alexis click together like the passenger door on a Mercedes-Benz, solid, dependable but with the potential to go very, very fast when required.

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Good performances from Granit, Aaron, Lacazette and Ozil and they’d get a 7/10. The right hand side of our side ? Hector and Laurent are not quite in tune and the Frenchman has looked out of sorts since the start of the season. It may be he is playing out of position in the ‘three’ or playing while injured. His slip yesterday was uncharacteristic and just last week he was caught in a similar moment late at Goodison when picked up a deserved yellow card. He is a fine player but has just passed his 32nd birthday. It may be he needs a few games officially injured to rest and recuperate as he has played a lot of football.

Of the opposition as I said yesterday Fernandez seems a capable centre back. At 28 years old he is no spring chicken but he knows his trade. And (inevitably) one top, top class save from Fabianski. Good to see his career has led to football every week, which his talent deserved.

As a general point, having watched Kosc and later Per slip and slide on what seems to me a perfect grass surface, would the club PLEASE STOP watering the f******* pitch obsessively before the game and at half time. The grass won’t die if you leave it alone, trust me.

So onward to the Etihad and a very different challenge next Sunday. In the interim I’d guess we can expect the B team to give Red Star a sound bashing on Thursday.

Enjoy your Sunday.

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  1. A psychologist would have a field day with some of our supporters .
    Hate the club they support more than any other, love the traditional rival club more than any other, living their lives in a big pit of misery and impending doom, childish outbursts on forums and TV channels. A sense of entitlement, yet some proclaim,they want Arsenal to lose whenever possible. No joy from winning, joy through misery when losing .Make snap judgements on Arsenal based on completely unrelated games.
    Is there not a better life to be had for them?
    Are there any other clubs with supporters like that?
    Wonder what they will do when Wenger does depart? Going for an absent owner might not really fulfil them

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  2. I don’t seem to remember quite so much fuss being made a couple of years ago when we beat Bayern Munich by a two goal margin at this stage of the competition.

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  3. Bit unpleasant that result and all that goes with it- media adulation; our whiniest whiners whining- but a great win isn’t a trophy.

    Big slice of luck involved to meet Real with four starters out and looking decidedly below par.

    Anyway, my hope remains they will continue to miss out on trophies long enough for a key player or manager to leave and then hopefully that will be beginning of end of their admittedly improved form.

    Must confess it has temporarily disrupted my anticipation for tonight; but I expect to be well over that and looking forward fully to the game later on.

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  4. foreverheady the media is not full of Arsenal supporting journos, in fact its full of Spurs/West Ham/Man Utd/Chelsea & Liverpool supporting journos, and/or little Englander journos, so by and large they have an axe to grind with Arsenal.

    I had a man utd mate recently go on a rant about RTE’s coverage of a CL game, he was furious that a section of the build up and a section of the after game analysis for no good reason was a slating of Arsenal, who are not even in the CL this season, it pisses him off, as it does me, when teams not part of the game they are covering are brought into the discussion (on European nights, I think they do it cos they can’t be arsed to familiarize themselves with the non UK team), he said Liam Brady was as bad as the rest of them, very anti Arsenal and anti Wenger. Only days later I see an article about Brady having left all his roles at AFC to take up a position with a football agent.

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