It was only a point and only a single goal, but that was much better.
The team looked like a team again. Ozil was the best player on the pitch, closely followed by Xhaka and then Torreira. Our midfield was all of a sudden balanced. Ozil creating 3 really good chances in the first 11 minutes and looking class until he was withdrawn on about 75 minutes, presumably the lack of game time taking a physical toll.
Torreira did everything we expected from him when he signed, he hustled and harried, won ball after ball and layed it off effectively.
Xhaka sat deep, always ready to take the ball and distribute it with a variety of fantastic passes.
Saka and AMN both coped well defensively and the two center backs look quite secure.
Sadly there were some negatives as well.
Lacazette had a poor game, and that’s being kind. Maybe his being dropped has affected his confidence,or maybe his performance tell us why he has been dropped?
I thought Nelson struggled as well, he and Saka squandered some really good opportunities to deliver a telling final ball, in fact even a half decent final ball was not to be seen.
All in all it was a game we should have won on our performance, there were huge green shoots of improvement.
Well done boys and well done Mikel, after just 3 days training , outstanding progress.