It didn’t start well. With Sanchez missing a shot and Koscielny missing a header, the frustration was evident on the lads as they played a Swansea team that was difficult to breakdown. And with our former goalie aka Lucas Fabianski between the sticks for them, they stood solid in defence.
Then a slip, then a goal.
Laurent Koscielny slipped in the third half of the field and for once Bellerin couldn’t or wouldn’t catch Tammy Abraham, the ball or the dude who passed the ball through Cech’s legs to score a goal. Despite sites like online-betting.org predicting Arsenal to own the game against Swansea, we went into the tunnel at half time a goal down.
Truth? I stopped watching and went back to the drudgery that’s my current day job.
Sometime in the second half, Lacazette’s foot refused to curl round the ball and so he passed it back into Swansea’s final third where the Tractor, Kolasinac latched on to it with a shot reminiscent of one of Lucas Podolski’s.
We were level with the Swans.
Not long after, again Kolasinac provided the assist to Aaron Ramsey to score the second of the game.
Arsene Wenger had lost three times to Swansea in only six Premier League fixtures previously at the Emirates and relief was his over-riding emotion at the end of his 800th game as Arsenal manager.
“I could feel worried at half-time,” he said. “It was important to play quicker, sharper and with more penetration. Kolasinac was decisive and, since he has arrived, he has convinced everybody that there are still some good deals to make.”
Kolasinac was of course a free signing last summer from Schalke, although the one lingering worry for Arsenal from this game was the sight of him limping off with pain around his hip. Wenger later said that it was a longstanding problem which he expects to be resolved ahead of facing Manchester City at The Etihad next Sunday. – Telegraph
Kolasinac has been our best free transfer so far and the niggle in his hip is a bit of a worry seeing that we face Manchester City who are on an unbeaten run. We need all our best men available.
Should we play Sanchez against Manchester City so that he might overplay with the intention to impress? And will he play with even more fervour and make City got out of their way to offer him the pound of flesh of a salary he’s asking for.
I don’t mind if we draw against City but I do mind if we lose. We need our best men.