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Laurent Koscielny was immense I thought, and has been for a while now. The Ox looked good early on too, although the red card obviously took the sting out of his game a bit, but he showed enough for me tonight to suggest he could be massive for us for the rest of

 

On a final note, I do wonder why Sanogo was picked over Bendtner yesterday, I’ve heard reports that Sanogo has been very impressive in training but the same goes for Bendtner, who Wenger has said is sharp and fit. It’s possible that Sanogo has overtaken Bendtner in terms of backup to Giroud and that may partially explain why Wenger didn’t dip into the transfer market. It’s possible that Wenger genuinely believes, on the basis of his performances in training, that he is capable of stepping in until the end of the season. I won’t dwell on the January transfer business but it strikes me that Wenger very rarely plumps for a make-shift target if he has someone in mind – which I’m sure he does. It’s also evident that strikers are in high demand at the moment and with the

The TV broadcasters awarded the man of the match award to Alex whose involvement in both goals ultimately secured the victory. Having been on hand to fire in the rebound to open the scoring, it was the Ox's darting run down the wing that led to him feeding Lukas Podolski for the all important second. Yet it wasn't simply these moments that earned him the post match plaudits and accolades. In the first half, was the beating heart of the Arsenal team and rarely stopped running. So much so, he quite easily managed to give Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard something of a run around. One imagines Oxlade-Chamberlain would be looking to the stellar career of the Liverpool man as something to emulate and on the evidence of this performance, he is certainly heading in the right direction.

I really thought the pre-match negativity was totally unfair on the team that played today, we all knew Arsene would keep some players fresh for the Bayern game & this result shows he got the balance just right, the uproar if we had lost this game with a full strength side & the mid week game would've been insane! The team he chose today were a fine mix of experience & reserve, I for one am delighted with how we played.

Giroud of course wasn't the only reason Arsenal didn't get a result on the night. Right from the earliest exchanges, Arsenal fell into the web of perpetual motion that was sterile possession. Slow starts to matches have been well documented all season long but there seems to be neither the desire nor the ability to change things. The way United set up, there has to be more than simply sideways passing over and over again before attempting and often failing to play a through ball.  I'm certainly not sure what the aim is when, from an attacking corner, you end up passing the ball back to your furthest defender just for the sake of retaining possession

A forward with a big game temperament, natural width and a little bit of confidence. After the 5-1 dismantling at Liverpool on Saturday, Arsene Wenger admitted his side was focused on being solid defensively and not conceding after the manner of Arsenal's defeat to Liverpool at the weekend. This cautious approach was perfectly understandable but I feel it played right into the hands of a desperately poor United side that are short in confidence and belief. This was a perfect opportunity to turn them over and get three points against the Champions

The main ingredient we were missing in order to beat Utd tonight was the same as our other encounters against them...mentality. Far too often we've approached this fixture with apprehension and a lack of belief. This has also spread to games vs Chelsea and City, this worries me as they make up some of our remaining fixtures. This apparent lack of belief results in the sub par performances we saw on the pitch tonight. We also need a forward who can make runs in behind the defence, Man U had an ageing and off form CB partnership today and there was no one to put them under enough pressure. Overall there was a lack of penetration due to our movement in the final

  • 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