Are We Ready For A Title Challenge?|The End Of A Song

Arsenal vs Sunderland
I can’t believe you missed that dude! That was a friggin’ sitter!

Okay, so maybe my expectations were a little too high and I need to be patient enough to allow the lads gel as a unit. Doing my mantra now….breathe.

Truth be told, I expected more from Gervinho, Ramsey and yes, Giroud. Let’s have a brief analysis of the match shall we?

The Good:

The game started at a slow pace, the passes where a bit unsure but the boys started to get a hang of it by the 10th minute. I was personally happy with Gervinho, Artets, Diaby and Cazorla. Gervinho fought for almost every ball. He and Arteta were almost everywhere – penalty box, defending third, half way line, final third…they were all over the place. Gerv. switched flanks, went forward, won balls, was in defence, he was all over the place.

Artets looked like he was trying to fill in the DM position, at least, methinks so. He looked more disciplined at it than Song though and his tackling and ball steals where 60%ish. He generally looked good on the ball.

Diaby played well; period. Okay, let me go on a little bit more. 

Although I would have preferred that he didn’t go forward as much (I think that should have been Cazorla’s job), he played in good passes and was generally nifty with the ball. Touch? Would grade him 78%ish.

Who am I to pass the bloody ball to?

Santi was as usual skilful on the ball. His shot in the early minutes of the game sure gave Mignolet something to think about. But, I daresay O’Neill gave two basic instructions to his boys – Mark the hell out of Cazorla and Lucas AND do not give Arsenal space to play.

However, Santi was still able to create the best chance of the game by setting up Giroud with a beautiful pass, one which he err… you know the rest.

“All the chances were created by him (Cazorla), basically.” – Wenger.
— Daniel AFC Cowan (@thedanielcowan) August 18, 2012


The other players generally had a good game. The Verminator made some good steals, Wojciech made a couple of saves, Mert and Gibbs were all right, same old.

The Not So Good

Santi and Diaby: I believe Santi was playing too deep a role in the midfield and Diaby was doing all the forward runs; it should have been the other way round. Not to say that Santi wasn’t doing forward runs, we were just seeing more of Diaby in-front rather than Santi. Or what do you think?

Walcott: Is it just me or does Walcott still have to work on his crosses, ball control, heading and awareness? His crosses were neeee, and his one header was neeee and his awareness was hmm… Still, Walcott made good runs and generally upped the otherwise slow tempo of the game when he could.

Gervinho: Although, I think he was pretty good in his awareness, forward runs and defending, I’m upset that he was still trying to pull off a ‘Nasri’. I know, you’ll say he was trying to find space and such but I really don’t understand why he must want to score all the time and dribble all the way to the goal line. smh.

Breathe, breathe, dribble to the goal line.

Lucas: Poor guy is still trying to adjust to Premier League football. His alertness is still a bit low and he was bumping into ‘himself’ and other players often. Add that to the fact that he had Sunderland players practically glued to him, the poor lad had no space to play. His off the ball skills didn’t really show up today.

The ‘What-On-Earth-Were-You-Thinking’?

We lacked sharpness in attack (especially in the final third) and given that that’s were we’ve spent all our money and most of our time, the team has to go back to the drawing board. Wenger himself admitted this

I think we should opt for the basic 4-4-2 with one striker slightly ahead of the other. Playing Walcott upfront with LP or Giroud? 

One of the qualities of a good winger apart from speed is the ability to make accurate crosses and Walcott isn’t the best crosser we have. His composure in-front of goal’s way better than his crosses, and for those of you who might complain about height, Tevez and Maradona aren’t the tallest guys around. Plus, Theo’s burst of speed would be a great asset just like Tevez’s is, or what’s your take on that?

Having Gerv/Arsh and the Ox/Santi on the wings with Santi/Wilshere/Nuri and Artets/Diaby  in central midfield? Again, what’s your take on that?

Aaron Ramsey…I just don’t know; should have left Diaby on the pitch, he was a lot more effective than Ramsey. I really don’t think Ramsey had any impact or effect on the game.

Giroud. Well, you know like I now that we all think he ‘shaited’ on the best chance of the game because, well, he did. To err is human however and to forgive and be patient is divine, nuff said.

@1davidwall: Only 5 of Olivier Giroud’s 33 league goals with Montpellier came with his right foot.” One chocolate leg for another
— Arseholic (@Arseholic) August 18, 2012

Are we ready for a title challenge? 

Uhh…that’s a pretty hard question to answer right now. Ask me  after 2 more games, deal?

Well, it’s hard to say now. I watched the Tottenham and Newcastle match, I caught glimpses of what Westbrom did to ‘Liverpill’ and err…mates, these guys are not playing this season. They were more coordinated than we were. 

More of the same from West Brom. Excellent Yacob compliments Mulumbu. Lots of fire power. Lukaku super. They’ll do fine.
— Jamie Sanderson (@YoungGunsBlog) August 18, 2012

We’ve got A LOT of work to do, we need to be able to play like well-oiled wheels. I leave you with the musical below, we need to get down to business to defeat the league.

In other news, we have finally reached the end of ‘A Song’. The news of Barcelona finally agreeing to terms with Arsenal filtered in just after the match between Sunderland ended. Let’s hope Sahin’s in the works and that the team plays with greater fluidity as a unit and with more precision in attack.

Wenger on Song: ‘He expressed a desire to go to Barcelona. We have other options. You have to be patient on new signings.’
— Jamie Sanderson (@YoungGunsBlog) August 18, 2012

RT @liverpoolscout dreadingpossibility that Rodgers posed to Sahin: Watchthis weekend then you’ll know what to do – yes sign for Arsenal
— Mad ad man (@Lordhillwood) August 18, 2012


What’s your take on the game? Can we compete?


Arsenal vs Sunderland

Which player over-delivered?
Cazorla
Diaby
Gervinho
Jenkison
Vermelen
Arteta

 Current Results

Arsenal vs Sunderland

Which player under-delivered?
Walcott
Lucas Podolski
Giroud
Aaron ramsey
Cazorla
Jenkinson

 Current Results

That’s all for today lovelies! See you when I’m done with the bare necessities of school assignments.

Yours in football,

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