West Ham United Review: Really? Must I?

Arsenal 1 – 0 West Ham United

At the end of the day, Arsenal won and that is never a bad thing. Never. No matter what the performance, the object of the exercise was to qualify for the next round.

God, it was boring. When my stream dropped at half-time, I couldn’t be bothered to look for a fresh one. It wasn’t entirely Arsenal’s fault; it takes two to tango and West Ham were unbelievably awful. I understand they managed a shot on target but in the 46 minutes of my life I will never get back, David Ospina’s name was mentioned three times. Once when his name was called in the starting line-up, once when the stream unfroze and looped through that part again and then when he caught the ball.

It was that bad.

But then you knew that already, didn’t you? The luckiest shins in the business, owned by one Daniel Nii Tackie Mensah Welbeck, took us through to the last four and for once we genuinely did walk the ball into the net.

There’s not much more to be said about the ninety minutes. Or the forty-five minutes I saw.

Post-match, Arsène counted the cost of progress. Olivier Giroud tweaked a hamstring, receiving little sympathy for his squeals of pain from the manager. “When you listen to him, the pain is quite big,” before he scoffed, “but the grade is not always linked with the intensity of the pain.”

The code of the warrior doesn’t permit the outward manifestation of pain; Obi-Wan Wenger turned his attention to Francis Coquelin. He may make the bench on Friday night; the Force is strong with that one.

Not that I expected either to be included in the starting line-up. Giroud as a late substitute, on about 72 minutes.

Here Comes The Weekend…

So we’re into the last four. Manchester City as well, with United and Chelsea likely to follow. Those who think we’re on a mission from God to reach Wembley, need to pull out their prayer mats and point them at Ashton Gate.

The prospect of facing a top four team in the next round raises a problem in Arsène’s mind. Field a strong side or face an inevitable exit from the competition. The games either side of the semi-finals aren’t taxing, well not under normal circumstances.

A strong line-up goes against everything Arsène holds dear regarding the League Cup.

After the game, Wenger had to big up the performance somehow. It’s not Arsenal’s fault, West Ham were unadventurous, dull and boring. That was because of our strength and in no way due to Moyes lack of wit on how to win the game. Arsène knew what he had planned already,

“Yes, definitely [happy at the performance]. We kept a clean sheet and that’s the main thing for us as defenders and I didn’t really remember them having a shot and testing Ospina, so it’s a positive to take out.”

It is indeed.

A back four, another clean sheet. Holding and Chambers are coming in for praise, well-earned with a clean sheet. West Ham’s lack of ambition shouldn’t be used to denigrate their performance; plenty will do that in more important games.

Youngsters, bigged up too quickly, are criticised too quickly as well. Patience is a virtue and I only say this because Ainsley Maitland-Niles is heading into that dangerous corridor where expectations grow at an extraordinary pace. The reality is that he will probably play on Friday night.

Long Live The Weekend, The Weekend Is Dead…

Sead Kolasinac’s inclusion could be a run-out ahead of Liverpool; certainly, his experience suggests inclusion ahead of the youngster when facing the Premier League’s current most prolific attack. Maitland-Niles pace is a strong reason to put him into the side as well; a decision to make for the manager.

Giroud’s injury makes up his mind up front, with the 72nd-minute substitution probably seeing Welbeck on, Alexis into the middle. Still, at least Alexandre Lacazette knows he’s starting. I don’t think Theo did enough to see himself pushed to the head of that queue.

In the forty-five minutes I saw, I didn’t learn anything new about the XI or at least, nothing I didn’t know already. There is a lot of work to be done in this squad’s evolution, with the second string half-decent but lacking the depth needed to take it to a point where they challenge for a starting line-up place. That comfort zone isn’t likely to end in the near future for a number of players.

That’s work for another day, some time in a transfer window of the future.

’til Tomorrow.

66 thoughts on “West Ham United Review: Really? Must I?

  1. Damon says:

    We play Liverpool on Friday. That’s a positive isn’t it?

  2. Adam Singh says:

    thanks yogi. I put the blame firmly at West Ham’s door for such a boring game. It’s a cup game ffs sake. Fair enough in the PL to park the bus and get a point (as they did) but surely it would have made sense to go for a win. Ok that may have ended up in a 4 0 thumping but we all know how Arsenal can self destruct when put under pressure.

    As for arsenal’s performances. I thought Theo was really poor. Yes he had plenty of the ball in the first half especially but his final ball was apften awful and not to hit the target with that header was embarrassing.

    I have sneaky suspicion that we mighty aee Welbeck start on Friday on the left to provide some defensive cover given Salah’s current form.

  3. Ras says:

    Morning YW excellent post. TW miss is embarrassing…….

  4. Jonny says:

    Jesus – can’t believe we’re playing again on Friday.
    Thanks for the heads up – I had no idea.

  5. C says:

    Thanks Yogi.

    We won, we advanced.

    Willock impressed so thats a positive.

  6. C says:

    I will say, Giroud’s hammy going after his agent in thr last couple of days talking about him leaving is very Cesc-esque 😂

  7. C says:

    In other news, one Tomas ‘Mozart’ Rosicky has officially retired from futbol. What a player shame injuries robbed him of some of his best years.

  8. andy1886 says:

    How ironic after years of rewriting history to suggest that George Graham’s teams were all dull, uncreative cup sides grinding out 1-0’s our more delusional fans are now witnessing under AW a dull, uncreative cup side grinding out 1-0 wins (when we’re lucky enough to actually see a goal).

    Serves them right 😆

  9. andy1886 says:

    C,

    Sad indeed, unfortunately I expect Santi will not be far behind him. But better that than risk his health and mobility after football, I would rather he look after himself than do anything silly.

  10. C says:

    andy1886,

    Completely agree but instead of feeling sad for how injuries robbed them, I’d rather remember and enjoy what brilliant little players they were.

    Kind of funny that my friend Bill always talks about how impact players score goals and block goals but when Santi and Mozart played for club or country, they were about as impactful as it comes.

  11. Orson Kaert says:

    G’day to you all, well done Yogi, it takes a special talent to write a review of such an awful game.

    My effort would be along the lines…..Turned up, run about a bit, passed the ball a lot and shinned one into the net.

    Still a win is a win and we’re in the semis.

  12. Bill says:

    Great review Yogi. I only saw the second half and it was as slow paced as you describe. The last time we saw the B team against Bate they were awesome and won 5-0 but the slow paced style seems to have become our standard operating procedure over the last few weeks. I think our last 3 wins have all been 1-0 which is both encouraging and concerning at the same time. Unfortunately we had the ManU in between.

    The positive thing from that game was the part of it I saw was one of the better defensive performances from any Arsenal team. There are games where you keep a clean sheet but you are nervous and look like you might concede at any time. Yesterday West Ham was not even a threat and it looked like we could have played into next month and they would not have scored.

  13. Bill says:

    C

    A player who does not score can be highly influential is they play great defense or they are helping to set the tempo of the game. Absence certainly makes the heart grow fonder and we remember the good things. Santi was here for several years before he was injured and there was plenty of tippy tappy on display during that time. However Santi really could influence the tempo and speed up our transitions which could make everyone on the pitch better. Santi didn’t have the same reputation as the world’s greatest #10 but santi’s ability to influence the tempo of the game made him a more influential player then his more famous team mate IMO.

    Rosicky was a lovely player and is also remembered fondly but its hard to know what he could have done since injuries ruined his career and he only really was a regular for a very short time in 07/08.

  14. Damon says:

    I’d take a fit and in his twenties Rosicky over….

    Ozil
    Ramsey
    Cazorla
    Xhaka
    Walcott
    Iwobi

    Or, just not over Jack or Sanchez.

  15. Ian says:

    I went to the game last night and it was easily the worse game I’ve seen in over 30 years (1985 v Birmingham if anyone’s interested)

    However I thought Chambers was exceptional in defence, especially when WHU started pumping a few high balls to Carroll and their other other big lump.

  16. C says:

    Bill,

    Lets just agree to disagree about influencing a game shall we.

    Also, Mozart played quite more matches then I think you realized mate.

  17. C says:

    Damon,

    If your going down that road than a fully fit Mozart in his 20’s, I’m taking over Jack too.

  18. Bill says:

    There was never any possibility that Santi would come back as a regular starter but I was really hoping that he could come back at some point in the Rosicky role. A talented experienced player that we could use as a situation sub and may be start a couple games here and there. However, Santi’s latest surgery almost certainly ends any hope of him ever playing professional football again. I know that most don’t want to hear this but I suspect the most we can really ever expect from Jack W is something similar to a Rosicky role. Jack’s fragile protoplasm is not going to change and realistically we can’t count on him to be a regular starter and we can’t build a team where Jack is considered a critical player. Whatever positive contribution we get from Jack at this point is a bonus

  19. Bill says:

    C

    The stats will show that Rosicky played games but most of them were as a sub or a spot starter. I don’t remember him able to healthy long enough to be in regular first 11 for more then short periods of time at any time after 07/08.

  20. C says:

    Bill,

    I think it was a mixed bag, when he was fit he was a starter but as we all know injuries ruined it. I think the one thing that can’t be understated was that when he played he was influential and that is all I was getting at.

  21. Jonny says:

    C,

    Ahhhh thanks for that – one of my all-time favourite Arsenal players.

    Thanks, TR7.

  22. C says:

    So Giroud is out and Arsene thinks its a 3 weeks thing so that means Welbeck will feature as the impact sub. Means Giroud is out for Liverpool and probably Palace, West Brom, Chelsea, Forest (FA Cup)

  23. C says:

    Jonny,

    No problem.

    Agree with you, he is one of my favorite Arsenal players too. People don’t realize how many German players looked up and tried to emulate Mozart.

  24. Bill says:

    C

    Fair enough. After we bought Cazorla and Özil Rosicky moved to the subs bench even when healthy. Unfortunately before they came he was never able to get healthy for more then a couple games

  25. C says:

    Bill,

    True but the matches that he did play, o he was a joy to watch.

  26. C says:

    I’m interested to see how Arsene uses Chambers moving forward. He clearly played well on loan and yesterday he did well and dealt well when West Ham lumped it up to Carroll. Personally I want to see more of him; as far as pecking order it should be:

    Mustafi, Kos, Nacho
    then it should be Chambers, Mert
    Then Holding

  27. HenryB says:

    Bill,

    Rosicky, and Arteta both finished their careers at Arsenal in the summer of 2016.

    Özil joined Arsenal in September 2013.

    OK, there we have some facts rather than your guesses. So when you said -“After we bought Cazorla and Özil Rosicky moved to the subs bench even when healthy.” that is ridiculous.

    In the penultimate season of his career, Rosicky played with Özil ,and in January 2015 in his first PL game, following injury, he played so well he was given MOTM, playing with Mesut.

    In his last year with Arsenal, Rosicky spent the first half of the season injured, again, and then on his recovery he played his first game in January 2016, and was injured again for another 6 weeks, the last part he spent trying to recover proper fitness, so he was not on the bench unable to oust Özil, he was just not available through injury, and was nearing the end of his PL career anyway.

    I could not be bothered to compare his career against Santi’s but I remember he again played WITH Santi and they shared in the 2014 FA Community cup win over Citeh.

    Your generalisations in this case are slewed and unfair on Tomas — but you often try to make them fit your agenda, even if the facts do not support you.

  28. Bill says:

    Henry

    You mentioned 2-3 games that Rosicky started over his last 3 -4 years which is exactly what I remember. He was a spot starter and impact sub. May be my memory is wrong but the other thing I remember from the last few years was a lot of comments about Arsène underutilizing Rosicky when he was healthy

  29. HenryB says:

    Hi C,

    I have a very different opinion of the CBs to the comment you made earlier.

    — “as far as pecking order it should be:

    Mustafi, Kos, Nacho
    then it should be Chambers, Mert
    Then Holding”

    It might be that you are accepting what we have and giving priority to those you think have the best chance of improving Arsenal, and that is fair enough.

    But if you meant by ‘moving forward’ i.e. the future — then I see things very differently.

    My views are, of course subjective, but here goes;

    Mustafi : Not good enough and needs to be replaced. [He can be OK – but he can be appalling]
    Kos : He is rapidly approaching the end of his career because of persistent injury. [Brilliant, but slowing thru’ age and injury]
    Nacho : for a non-CB he has put his heart into it – but he is not and never will be a’proper’ CB – and he too is ageing.
    Mert : retiring end of this season – and not before time.
    Holding and Chambers : dealing with them together. They are both inexperienced, and would not get into a top 6 team. other than Arsenal. One of them may make it if played with two strong, sizeable, athletic CBs — but not both together.
    Debuchy, Kolasinac, Uncle Tom Cobley and all — ridiculous space fillers who should never play at CB for Arsenal.

    I know full well that AW will probably never buy another CB in his final season and a half, but I think a new manager/coach worth his salt will bring in at least two experienced, classy and much younger CBs when AW finally retires. We will see. 😀

  30. G4E says:

    “The prospect of facing a top four team in the next round raises a problem in Arsène’s mind. Field a strong side or face an inevitable exit from the competition. The games either side of the semi-finals aren’t taxing, well not under normal circumstances.”

    I think fielding any kind of starting XI with this manager or this kind of performances we’ve seen recently, we will be facing the inevitable exit from the competition.

  31. G4E says:

    Did anyone count how many times Chambers touched his hair in the game yesterday?

    I think it was about 6,050,234,877 times.

  32. HenryB says:

    Bill,

    That response is why I find it difficult to discuss things with you.

    I was arguing against your statement, — “After we bought Cazorla and Özil Rosicky moved to the subs bench even when healthy.”

    Now you ignore saying that and change your approach by saying : — “I remember from the last few years (there) was a lot of comments about Arsène underutilizing Rosicky when he was healthy.

    that is a totally different discussion – but whereas I cannot argue against what comments you heard, I can say that if that was the case they were hokum — any such sentence ending with “when he was healthy’ would fail.

    The whole point about Tomas was that his Arsenal career was ruined because he was never fit.

    Nice try, Bill, but I am not chasing that rabbit. 😀

  33. C says:

    HenryB,

    I was actually just doing it based on our current situation. I think if we are talking moving forward I actually see things a bit different than you on some of the situation, so here I go:

    Mustafi: not nearly as bad as some think and a proper coach and next to a better CB would be fine but you also have to remember he is ONLY 25 years old.
    Kos: he was good but his quickness, pace and Achilles is going quickly and he needs to be replaced or used as a 3rd or 4th CB
    Mert: retiring, thank you for your service and your MOTM performance against Chelsea will always be in my heart
    Chambers: I think as a CB3 he would be ideal even for a top 6 club, I mean have you seen some of the CB’s at the top 6 clubs
    Holding: undecided simply because he reminds me a lot of when Kos first arrived but we see how long it took for Kos to develop
    Nacho: Thank you for filling in and being at your consistent best but your not a CB and should be fighting with Sead at LB
    OTHER: this shouldn’t even be an option outside of Arsene’s crazy ideas.

    I think if/when a new man comes in he will be bring in at least one top quality CB and Mustafi would be good with more coaching.

  34. HenryB says:

    C,

    I think we are not too far apart if the discussion was about the future needs of the team.

    This is only speculation, and an exact fit of opinions by both of us would be very boring (which oddly is why I quite like reading Bill’s views, because they come from stage left and can be interesting to me) 🙂

    What is driving my opinions at core — is the CB situation is pretty dire, and should have been dealt with long ago. Age and chronic injuries are never ‘sudden’ things, unlike when the poor old turkey has a short sharp meeting with the axe.

    I think M-N might end up competing with Sead at both CM and LB. Other kids may come through in midfield too, but Belli needs another player to compete and the GK situation needs to be addressed, but we do have Martinez and Macey ready to make a grab, so the CBs are the main problem — and new blood is essential.

    As to a CF to go with La Caz … ?????

  35. Jonny says:

    Arsene said it best, “IF you love football, then you love Tomas Rosicky.”

  36. andy1886 says:

    C,

    Agree with all of that. And you don’t play for a German World Cup winning team if you’re not a very good player. Better coaching and organisation in defence and we’d see an improvement from all our back 4/5 both individually and as a unit.

  37. Aaron says:

    So, about the game, it was plodding, and slow.

    What the heck did everyone think it was going to be when they parked the bus??
    Many on here, yes many, think every team should just walk through many of these type of defenses. Hell, $h*tTy barely got by this exact squad 2 weeks ago. Even world class players have a difficult time scoring if everyone of the the opposing sides just camps inside of the 18 yard box, serial fouls and tackles hard.
    Even real and barca have a difficult time scoring against any Athletico team.
    Liked what I saw on D, but they lack pace and strong teams have that in numbers.
    Chambers needs to get a gd haircut.
    Appreciate that Arsene gave some of the youngsters real game time, and want to see Sheaf in more games, looks good on ball and liked his positioning, now Silva, darn near gave up a goal off his first touch and basically fell on the opposing player to try and stop him.

    pool game will be interesting, and I want to see more of Niles too!

  38. Orson Kaert says:

    Sorry to butt in but aren’t you forgetting Debuchy? Since returning to fitness he’s been a revelation. He’s a better defender than Bellerin and more disciplined. He also seems unafraid of the area behind the opposition full backs. Somewhere Bellerin does not boldly go.

    Just like others before him, Diaby, Rosicky, Walcott, Wilshire et al, his Arsenal career has been blighted by injury but he is the best option for right back in a back four. If he can stay fit, he can have an influential part to play as Bellerin needs to learn how to defend.

  39. Bill says:

    Henry @ 3:37

    Rosicky and Cazorla were both wonderful players and its very sad that injuries destroyed both their careers.

    With regard to your comment at 3:37 you mentioned 2 games over the course of 3 full seasons and you believe that proves your point. 2 games is a very sample size to use to draw conclusions.

    My recollection may be its incorrect but it seemed that for better or worse when Ozil Cazorla, Ramsey and Rosicky were all healthy then Rosicky was 4th on the pecking order and he would start on the subs bench. That was the point of my comment.

    Rosicky started a few games between 2013 and 2016 but most were cup games or when 1 or 2 of the guys in front of him in the pecking order could not play. Perhaps my memory is faulty but I remember a lot of discussion in the comment section that rosicky should have been used a lot more when he was healthy and may be that is true. The problem was you could never count on TR7 to stay healthy so you could not build a team with him in a critical roster spot so it made sense to have other good options and use him as an impact sub and spot starter.

  40. C says:

    HenryB,

    Our friend Bill does come from quite a left field with things but I do enjoy chatting with him.

    Our CB situation should have been dealt with and it was only complicated by the selling of Gabriel (who has been superb for a 3rd place Valencia side). I think not only age but an unwillingness to coach them up and use the pieces we have has led to this current dire situation which would have been even worst if the deals for Chambers and Mustafi had actually gone through.

    Maitland-Niles is the interesting one to me because he could be a Kante, Gueye, Ndidi type of CM/DM with his reading of the game and quick but calm demeanor on the ball and when pressured but Arsene seems to not want to rest Xhaka. The other thing is Arsene threw around the dreaded “versatility’ when speaking about him which means he will never settle into a position as long as Arsene is manager. Bellerin does need competition and I wouldn’t be opposed to Maitland-Niles but that quite honestly shouldn’t even be an option for a club like Arsenal.

    GK, I won’t even start because to be quite honest, it’s laughable what has taken place the past couple of windows and what is taking place now. Ospina shouldn’t be GK3 and Macey or the loaned out MArtinez should be #2 but again, it feels like Martinez is gone and Macey should get a look but Arsene won’t give it to him.

  41. HenryB says:

    Hi Bill,

    Actually, you are being a snicketty in saying I only made reference to three games regarding Rosicky — as they were sufficient to show your comments up as rhubarb, that was enough, and anyway that was 3 more than you — Secondly, if you wanted to see more — then do your own research, and don’t expect me to do it for you.

    Yet another of your rabbits wagging its white bunnykins tail — but I am still not going to chase it. 😀

  42. C says:

    andy1886,

    Completely agree, I know people are killing Bellerin but I think he like Mustafi just need somebody to help iron out his rough spots. Individually and as a unit we would be so much better.

    I mean watching Citeh shows just how influential a manager can be when you think Otamendi has been a disaster and Delph in no shape or form is a LB yet both have played really well under Pep. Maybe bringing Arteta in to replace Arsene might actually work.

  43. C says:

    Orson Kaert,

    Problem with Debuchy is that like those you mentioned, he can’t be counted on even more than those; its sad to say but its almost Diaby-esque. I don’t think anybody is doubting he can help, personally its when. I think right now he is perfect for the CC, FA and Europa while getting the odd PL match possibly.

  44. Bill says:

    Henry

    I honestly don’t understand your point. I suspect that almost every blogger would agree that from 2013-16 Arsène had Özil Cazorla and Ramsey ahead of TR7 on the depth chart. When all 4 of those players were healthy Özil and Cazorla started in midfield and Ramsey was shifted to wide forward and Rosicky would start in the bench. A lot of us didn’t like that set up but I think that is what happened and all that seems very straightforward to me.

  45. Bill says:

    I agree with orson. Debuchy has been really good at RB and if we don’t guve Maitland-Niles at run at RB then Debuchy should get a chance.

  46. HenryB says:

    C, @ 5:39

    I could have written that comment, Sir!!! 😀

    We have previously voiced our mutual bewilderment at Gabriel’s transfer to Valencia — and nothing has changed my mind, or yours, and his success at his new club just rubs it in.

    So ridiculous to get rid of a tough, skilled, ‘proper’ CB.

    I never mentioned it before, but I was chambers last night — not his hair, but each to his own — but his mastery of Carroll, who usually gives our defence real trouble with balls in the air. [I cannot think of abetter way to express that?!] 😀

  47. C says:

    Jonny,

    Mozart said today: “For one last time, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Arsenal Football Clbu.

    For me, it’s a fantastic club and it was always an honour for me to play for Arsenal.

    I always had a special bond with the fans. Every time I played, they knew that I was playing for the shirt. I always played for the shirt because it was an honour for me to represent such a great club like Arsenal.

    One thing is for sure, I’m a Gunner forever.”

    Mozart even at the end was always a Gunner!

  48. HenryB says:

    No — that’s not quite right.

    When I said — “I never mentioned it before, but I was chambers last night ” I missed a key word.

    What I should have said was, — “I never mentioned it before, but I was impressed by chambers last night” but I am not Clarke Kent changing – not into Superman – or even Calum!! 😀

  49. C says:

    HenryB,

    Completely agree about both Gabriel and Chambers. I know most want to see more of Holding but I think Chambers should be ahead of him and I feel his game is ahead of Holding’s.

    Interestingly enough I have been reading up on Mislintat’s wanting Mainz CB Abdou Diallo who he was heavily scouting for Dortmund before he left but now is chasing him for Arsenal with the club possibly being hesitant to do a deal in January but understands they are more than likely to lose the player in the summer.

  50. HenryB says:

    Now that is really interesting, C.

    Perhaps we will get our wish — altho there is a history of young German players reluctant to leave their own country.

    Fingers crossed that events unfold in our favour. 🙂

  51. Jonny says:

    Unbelievable scenes – Bristol score right at the death.
    Man Utd Crash out.
    Superb cup upset.

  52. Orson Kaert says:

    Bristol score the winner in Fergie Time. What a result.

  53. andy1886 says:

    Aaron,

    “Many on here, yes many, think every team should just walk through many of these type of defenses.”

    Maybe someone should point out that WHam have the third worst defence in the PL – only Watford and Stoke have conceded more. Good job we didn’t struggle to score in any of our other recent matches eh? Oh……

    As for “Chambers needs to get a gd haircut” Just 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  54. Orson Kaert says:

    …..and Arsenal play Chelsea in the semi-final.

  55. C says:

    Manure crash out of the CC
    Jonny,

    I guess Klopp wasn’t watching as Arsene continually let him run up and down the flanks and all of the times he set Ox free and Ox skied a cross or shot.

  56. andy1886 says:

    Chelsea it is then – predictable.

  57. Bill says:

    Aaron:
    So, about the game, it was plodding, and slow.

    What the heck did everyone think it was going to be when they parked the bus??
    Many on here, yes many, think every team should just walk through many of these type of defenses. Hell, $h*tTy barely got by this exact squad 2 weeks ago. Even world class players have a difficult time scoring if everyone of the the opposing sides just camps inside of the 18 yard box, serial fouls and tackles hard.
    Even real and barca have a difficult time scoring against any Athletico team.
    Liked what I saw on D, but they lack pace and strong teams have that in numbers.
    Chambers needs to get a gd haircut.
    Appreciate that Arsene gave some of the youngsters real game time, and want to see Sheaf in more games, looks good on ball and liked his positioning, now Silva, darn near gave up a goal off his first touch and basically fell on the opposing player to try and stop him.

    pool game will be interesting, and I want to see more of Niles too!

    Aaron:

    In the last 5 games we have played 4 mid and lower table teams and ManU and we have not scored more then 1 goal in any game. Our last 3 wins have all been 1-0. This season other then the Everton game I think we have scored 3- 4 goals in 8 away league games. Every big team faces parked buses in every game but the problem is that we struggle with more then any other big team. Make no mistake our lack of firepower and the slow paced tempo of our play are a real problem.

  58. Aaron says:

    Andy,
    Don’t care what the stats always say, humans play the game and $h*tTy barely got by that team, no ifs and or buts. With regard to the Chambers comment I made, “gd” does not stand for good.

    Bill,
    I agree to the second part, mostly. I actually watched the manure game, and the other 78 minutes they were under it like I have never seen before-ever. The score did not reflect reality, but sometimes even the best teams end up with donuts and a big fat 0. (think saurez, messi and neymar not scoring with that team) The xG was over 4.6, yet the bad guys won.

    Arsenal need to change up their attack, a la pool or a hard pressing teams at certain times, with a swifter tempo. Pup has it down to a science, hit hard and early and make the other teams come out to play just to try and get a point.

  59. andy1886 says:

    Aaron,

    Well we can certainly agree that we need to transition from attack to defence much more quickly, and our pressing (such as it is) leaves a lot to be desired. I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that we score a lot of late goals either, that’s not because we are fitter, it’s because we play a conservative low-energy possession based game that isn’t very incisive but may eventually wear teams down. It’s a style that I find rather dull and is in direct contrast to the way we played earlier in Wenger’s reign.

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