Arsenal turned on the style yesterday against newly promoted Hull City at the KCOM stadium. A brace for Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and a late Granit Xhaka screamer gave Arsenal a 4-1 victory and a jump into third in the table. As usual a few kind folk from Twitter volunteered to take part in a post match Q&A of the game. If this is something you'd be interested in doing then give me a shout before or during any game via the contact page or on Twitter and I will send some questions your way.
1) What did you make of the starting line up? With the benefit of hindsight, would you have made any changes to that side?
@leouzzi - The gaffer went for consistent and stable. I noticed we had pace upfront with players who would interchange positions as the game progressed. My only worry before the game was the need to give Gibbs a run, given how he has not been at his best start. The gaffer picked his team and I support every player on there in the Red & White. We never know all that goes on to finally get to decided which player starts a game.
@wpggooner - While I was disappointed at xhaka not starting, I was absolutely annoyed at this Alexis striker bit. If Perez isn't fit to start, I'd rather the guy who has been calling himself a striker be played up top and Alexis out wide instead of vice versa. Alexis drops to midfield way too much often leaving the striker role vacant. As for midfield, I'm a fan of coq/cazorla partnership but will really like to see xhaka get more game time. So I would have put Alexis wide left, theo Center and iwobi right. Perhaps rested santi and brought in xhaka.
2) Did you see any noticeable differences between this performance and the midweek showing at PSG?
@leouzzi - We came out of the block quick and with purpose. I think we had a plan to be tight as a unit from the back and pressed high up but in really goo shape.
@wpggooner - We were more fluid in attack. Most notable difference was Coquelin almost making it a point to prove he can be involved offensively, create, distribute in addition to his defensive duties. Seemed he had a point to prove. As a whole, defence still suspect as sh*t, getting caught by the long ball way too often.
3) Who was Arsenal's best player on the day and why?
@leouzzi - Coquelin played the perfect game. He ticked and kicked. Played the ball out of feet quick, harried, pressed, intercepted dangerous balls and started of the move for the first goal. He should have picked up an assist, if Sanchez did not waste the penalty call.
@wpggooner - I'd give the nod to Coquelin. He was excellent today. Controlled. Effective adventurous passing as well as defensively switched on. Created the penalty Alexis missed due to his timely run and willingness to be more offensively involved. Iwobi is a close second. If only the kid will remember there is such a thing as defence....but he did well.
4) Which Arsenal player(s) were not at their best and why?
@leouzzi - Hector Bellerin was not at his best. He took up interesting positions going forward, but had poor final balls or decision on the ball.
@wpggooner - Alexis. Despite his two goals he was subpar. Definitely not anywhere in the realm of Ronaldo/messi. Not even close. He is simply not a striker. Doesn't play the position well. Doesn't make good runs (how can he, he's always wide or in the 10 position). And his finishing/touch/decision making was just off today.
5) There seems to be a split of opinion on Twitter on this but what did you make of the Cazorla/Coquelin partnership today?
@leouzzi - It is the tested and trusted partnership in the middle of the pack and it seems that is first choice for the gaffer. Simple.
@wpggooner - Cazorla was a bit off today. Lucky to escape a second yellow but overall effective partnership today.
6) Alexis scored two goals as centre forward today, what did you make of his display in that role?
@leouzzi - I have said this before, If the manager trusts that Alexis has the ability to play in that position and excel while he is getting Lucas and Giroud to best fitness and team play structure, he gets the bill. Alexis will not play in that position forever, but he can get the job done.
@wpggooner - See point 4. Also his second goal was not a Center forward goal. Theo made the kind of run Center forwards are supposed to make. Alexis scored on the follow up supporting strikers/mids/ wide players often do.
7) Give us your line ups for both Nottingham Forest and Chelsea and explain your reasons.
@leouzzi - Arsene uses first team players with limited minutes and a few youngsters to execute the League Cup, it will be same, especially with the guys on the bench today forming the nucleus of the match-day squad. I think he will go with a similar line up as today's against Chelsea.
Giroud up top. Lucas wide.
Gibbs/holding/mustafi/debuchy if fit
Goalie- 3rd choice keep
8) What sounds did you make when Xhaka scored his goal?
@leouzzi - XHAKA MAKA CRACKER!!!! Dia FADA !!!!
@wpggooner - "Well damn. F**k .Me."
9) Any other thoughts?
@leouzzi - We played well today, we do need to be more efficient in front of goal. Our fan-base is getting to look a joke with the constant moaning about everything. We need to start giving all the support possible to the team. By the way, our away support is the best i have seen for a long time. We are THE ARSENAL... We Move....
@wpggooner - Ozil has been out of sorts in the past 3 games. Maybe it's a hangover from euro's or the general fuc*ery that seems to be our setup and no one knowing their roles. Either way that needs to be sorted out quickly. And that defence- still vulnerable as ever. We will get punished by Chelsea if we keep on like this.