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Having spent the entire campaign fielding Olivier Giroud as lone striker, it seemed inevitable that, sooner or later, the Frenchmen would pick up an injury, and so it transpired against Newcastle at the weekend. Bendtner, the only other striker in the squad, already not an entirely convincing option to step in, has now been sidelined too. The need for suitable reinforcements in this department could not be more desperate at this point - especially given the rather ineffectual performance of Lukas Podolski as a makeshift centre forward against Cardiff.

Almost as much as Giroud's goal, Arsenal's resolute, if at times desperate, defensive display was a key factor in securing those three precious points. Returning to the starting line-up after two games on the sideline was Laurent Koscielny who seamlessly slotted back in alongside Per Mertesacker at central back. In the second half, as the defence around them seemed to morph and change shape constantly, the two held their nerve, reorganised and ultimately stood firm to deny the Magpies a would-be equaliser, managing a combined 29 clearances between them. Another stat flying round after the game was that Arsenal haven't lost a league game when the two have been paired (Per-ed?) together for 23 months. Admittedly, I don't know how many matches that actually

Using the most recent game, Manchester City away, I noticed officials going against us early on. There were some early incidents that got the City fans moaning. This led to them booing decisions that went against them and adding pressure on the ref and unfortunately for us, the linesmen. I remember Girod getting the ball in what the home fans thought was an offside position; the home support went insane as if he got away with studs-up challenge a la Toure on Girod later in the same game. The crowd’s reaction put huge pressure on the officials in the game, and it told. In fact, the City fans kept out two goals the City defence could not. So, what do we do? How do we get round this?

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Ok, City boast a fantastic squad of players who, as we have seen, at the top their game simply cannot be beaten. However, as good as they appeared to be, they were ably assisted by abysmal Arsenal defending. City's opener came as a result of some schoolboy-like ball watching from Larent Koscielny who seemed oblivious to the presence of Sergio Ageuro sneaking up behind him to volley home from a corner. I'm yet to put myself through the agony of listen to any pundits' assessment of the game but I imagine our zonal marking set up will come under scrutiny. One of the biggest mistakes people make about this system is that they think players aren't marking and somehow remain static. This is incorrect. Koscielny was tasked with marshalling the 'zone' of the back post area, meaning he should

 

For the most part we produced yet another first class defensive display and Napoli had very little answer. Laurent Koscielny was superb once again. I had been thinking for a large chunk of the game that if Higuain does not score then what does he do for the team? He was invisible until late in the second half he spun and shot past Szczesny. Higuain is quite the opposite of Giroud. Giroud rarely scores from half chances but gives so much during the course of 90 minutes. Higuain will do nothing of note but pop up in the right place to drag a shot past the keeper and into the corner of the net. The goal was followed by the Arteta sending off and we were against it. The late Dortmund goal had pushed us into second place. Napoli's late second was nothing more than a consolation.

A deal that seemed almost certain to go through was the transfer of the affable Harry Kewell from Leeds. He seemed the perfect fit for us at the time, quick, technically gifted and could play as an attacking midfielder or striker. He had one year left on his contract and had been making sexy eyes at Arsene and the club for a number of months. I was bitterly disappointed when he signed for Liverpool; news that Liverpool paid a fee of £5 million with £2 million going to Kewell himself demonstrated that Arsenal didn’t feel the amount touted was acceptable. In addition he was on a reported 5 year deal at £60,000 a week which would have been near the top end of our budget. In hindsight, it looks like we dodged a bullet. Kewell never emulated the form or class he portrayed at Leeds

Arsene Wenger was able to name a very strong bench and it was the manager's bold use of a triple substitution that gave Arsenal that extra impetus when the game was deadlocked. Ramsey, Cazorla and Wilshere were all withdrawn at the same time and replaced by Flamini, Rosicky and Walcott. The fact that the latter two combined for that opening goal just shows how effective the changes were. It's something of a testament to Wenger

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more