Good morning all Positives far and near,
A rather teeth sucking evening I admit. I had assumed the job ‘done’ at 3-0 but fair play to the Swedes who came along to their biggest game ever and gave their best, scored two and might have nicked a third. 70 seconds of poor concentration on 22/23 minutes and there was a hint of a wobble on the pitch, and the usual hysteria off it. After a few minutes of concern however the good ship Arsenal righted itself, by half time the panic was contained and we sailed on to the draw for the Round of 16 this lunchtime. Irrespective of which team we draw in the next knockout stage last night emphasised that to be sure of progressing we need to approach every game in the ‘right’ way, with no complacency that the job is already done, with a strong team and an experienced bench.
Of our lads Sead did well, and Ospina had a good work out before Sunday. The disappointing thing was our failure to create good chances. I am pleased that Arsene did not remove Chambers and/or Holding after their shaky first half as we had Mustafi and Nacho on the bench and it would have been an easy switch. Both our young centre backs need to learn and they won’t learn very much if thy are substituted after 45 minutes.
I shall just call it a forgettable game and leave it there. For the visitors a marvellous night which they thoroughly enjoyed. Was it 4,500 of their fans in the Clock End, almost a tenth of the town’s total population !?! Oh for the simple pleasures.
Enjoy Friday !