AC Milan looked like a fresh hungry Premier League team while Arsenal looked like a slow, tired and laboured Italian side. Our great record against Italian sides in the past have often stemed from the speed of our football, the aggression in the challenges, the tempo that we set but for some reason this was non existent from the very start.
I have been roundly criticised for suggesting that last year’s team was full of potential – more potential than previous Arsenal teams – and especially for suggesting that the Barcelona game was an indication of that. “It was just one game,” they said, and surely the Birmingham loss was an example of how poor we could be in the same way that the Champion’s
If Arsene works this way then it is no surprise as to why players like Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Arteta, Chamberlain, Arshavin and countless more from previous squads managed to hit the ground running. But like I say, I cannot state this as a fact, this is my opinion. The closest thing to facts though is the result of the transfer window. Have a look around at other clubs and the business they have done. At this point, I imagine a few people saying 'well this is not about them, we are in a position where we need the top four.' My response to that would be that every club has their own aims and goals and that Liverpool and Chelsea have the same aim as we do.
van Persie to the replacement of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The substitution was made at a time when the team and Oxlade-Chamberlain in particular seemed to have a great deal of momentum. The reasons for the sub appeared unclear at the time and are still a mystery to those other than Arsène Wenger. The boss
Rosicky, Yossi, Coquelin and AOC are four players who have looked good this term and would clearly benefit, and have benefited, from playing in the first instance, but also playing with the first eleven - if Song and Arteta are playing then perhaps play Rosicky and bring Ramsey on if needed; if RvP and Theo are starting then start Yossi and
Theo has racked up 5 assists this season in the league and goals have been hard for him but still I feel he has done quite well. His performance has dipped largely because he is running out of gas. IMO he needs rest and he also needs to be
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