Wolverhampton Wanderers held Arsenal to a draw. In fact, Arsenal were lucky to get a draw. We certainly didn’t deserve a win.
Here’s a take on every part of the Arsenal team which played against the Wolves:
The only real ray of hope we had there was Leno. And he saved our behinds.
The rest of the defence was all over the place. I mentioned Kolasinac playing in my last article but, it was because I believed he was strong enough and fast enough to content against another tank – Armand Traore.
Unfortunately, Kolasinac’s game didn’t turn out as we all would have liked. His passes were quite wayward if I do say so myself. Hector Bellerin’s crosses seemed to be the best thing about his game, that’s about it.
We lacked the urgency and quality we showed against Liverpool. Xhaka’s passes were sub-par, and Özil all but disappeared. We need Özil to at least turn up in eight (8) matches out of ten (10) for the amount of money we pay him.
But the blame doesn’t rest solely on his shoulders. The entire midfield seemed to have lost much of their synergy. The only players that stood out were Torreira and Iwobi. Especially Torreira. He’s been our best purchase this season. Mkhitaryan’s goal was more fortuitous than it was organised or planned so, I’m not going to say he was the star of the match.
There’s barely any way this part of the team would turn out right if the midfield were the ‘almost’ shambles that it was. Then again, our strikers missed absolute sitters.
What’s wrong with the team?
Is it fatigue? Or mental strength as Arsene would say?
I’m not sure. But this isn’t the spirit of the team who played Liverpool. Unai’s got to do something to get the fight back in them.