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We really needed those three points but do you think a draw was the fair result?

@PascalZidane - A draw was just about fair in what was for the most part a desperately turgid affair. Both managers will feel they created enough chances to win the game but neither side showed any composure in front of goal. Hats off to Wojciech Szczesny and David De Gea, the two keepers were outstanding throughout.

@PoznanInMyPants - It was a fair result. United came to achieve a stalemate, cede position to AFC, attempt to intercept and then hit us on the break, or from set-piece crosses. They executed their plan reasonably well, but without any great invention.

So, a draw was a fair result, sadly.

In your opinion what were we missing to beat Manchester United last night?

@PascalZidane - 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.

Furthermore, this match further highlighted the importance of Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey to this Arsenal side. Both are match-winners and both offer qualities we simply don't have elsewhere in the squad.

Theo provides goals, assists, natural width, pace and clinical finishing. Ramsey was the best midfielder in the league when he got injured. Both are crucial in the way we want to play. Both are badly missed. And Ozil has missed them ever more. 

@PoznanInMyPants - Theo, Walcott, Theo Walcott, my kingdom for a Theo Walcott.

And if you’re out of Theos, I’ll have an Aaron Ramsey. Someone to make a goddamn effing run and get in behind.

And while you’re at it, someone besides Cazorla to take a shot.

But mostly, someone to make some goddamn runs, and to give their defence something to worry about.

In hindsight, would you have made any changes to that starting 11?

@PascalZidane - Personally, I was a little surprised when I saw Oxlade-Chamberlain on the bench, our best performer in the last couple of weeks by miles. Arguments can be made for the inclusion of Nicklas Bendtner  but, all in all, the manager picked a team good enough to win the game.

@PoznanInMyPants - On the night, no. Gibbs was a big upgrade from Monreal. That has become very clear. Rosicky was very effective in upping the tempo even if he was mis-calibrated for medium long range passes/shots.

Maybe Poldi as a Sub instead of Ox, to take some pot shots, but I understand bringing on Ox in the expectation he would run at United. He got us the penalty against Liverpool but didn’t impact the United match, sadly.

Would you have brought Lukas Podolski on during the closing stages? If so who would you have replaced?

@PascalZidane - I think you'd struggle to find a single Arsenal fan who didn't want to see Podolski coming on. The lack of subs in the second-half was puzzling to say the least.

I would have brought on Podolski and Bendtner but the threat United posed on the break clearly was on Arsene Wenger's mind, hence the cautious approach and lack of changes. Bringing on strikers could have exposed the team defensively.

@PoznanInMyPants - See above. I certainly wouldn’t have taken Cazorla off. He came to life in the 2nd half and looked the most likely to score. By a mile.

Who disappointed the most in your opinion on the night?

@PascalZidane - I was desperately disappointing that our midfield wasn't able to completely dominate an average United midfield of Carrick and Cleverely. Wilshere, Rosicky and Arteta all struggled to impose themselves on the United duo. However, the biggest disappointment for me was Olivier Giroud.

In 5 shots, he managed 0 on target with passing accuracy of 59%. As our main striker, that is simply not good enough. And this is coming from a big Giroud fan. He has to show more in these big games.

@PoznanInMyPants - Jack. Lost the ball in midfield a number of times, exposing us. It seemed Jack, and even Sagna, and in the 1st minuste, Arteta were determined to lay the traditional goal on the plate to RvP/Rooney, carrying on a long tradition started by Thomas Vermaelen, and then continued by Sagna last season.

To be fair, Jack did a lot right during the match too.

Who was your Arsenal man of the match?

@PascalZidane - Wojciech Szczesny was my man of the match. He looked assured throughout and produced a stunning world class save when he turned Robin van Persie's late header onto the bar. That earned us a point.

@PoznanInMyPants - MOTM? Tough one. Gibbs, Szczesny and Ozil all strong contenders. And Cazorla for his 2nd half. But, I thought Ozil really showed his stuff and responded to all the questions being put to him. That was big for him and the team. So, Ozil.

Lastly, at full time there were some boos from the home support. What is your view of this?

@PascalZidane - In my opinion, that was a pathetic response to a respectable draw. This is the last thing the team needs when confidence is low and two games into a fortnight that will define our season. I can understand the disappointment at not winning yet another big game but we were playing the English Champions -  a wounded animal, desperate for points. We're not dealing with mugs here. I really don't understand what booing is supposed to achieve at this crucial point stage of the season?  This helps absolutely no one. It's extremely childish.

We're second in the table, one point behind the leaders after 26 games. We have Liverpool in the cup and Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Three winnable league games against Sunderland, Stoke and Swansea next, which could see us back on top with 9 games remaining. This is hardly a bad position to be in...let's get behind the team.

@PoznanInMyPants - Booing is Verboten in my book. Never, ever. Though I suspect the players will understand the meaning related to the wasted opportunity to go for it in the end and may well agree to a degree. But booing is always used against the club in the media, and negativity is never positive.

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  • 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