Ciro Immobile's goal was poor from an Arsenal perspective. How he was able to run unchallenged from the half way line is beyond me. There was no protection in front of a defence that was back peddling from so far back. Immobile may have been fortunate to have the ball bounce into his path after a lucky break just inside the penalty area but his finish was assured. That goal came just before half time, a bad time to concede such a cheap goal.
The goal from Alexis to put us 2-1 up was even better. Wilshere heading over the defence to Alexis lurking in the box and his controlled side footed volley was perfectly placed past Hart. With 8 minutes remaining it was very disappointing to concede from yet another set piece. Something has to be done about this area. There is no use blighting on about zonal marking because we have always adopted this system and I think we conceded the least amount of set piece goals last season. We just have to get back to doing it well. I suspect that missing Giroud and Sagna has contributed to our current defending. Oh I hope Sagna enjoyed the game, he did manage to get a great seat to view the game, lucky guy.
Speaking of playing without the ball. How good was Santi Cazorla in that second half? Who needs a big beast of a 'DM' when you have little Santi scampering around throwing his body in between the opposition and the ball as he did so often last night. I thought he worked tirelessly for he team and it was infectious. I'd love him to find the form of his first season at Arsenal, a joy to watch when on
I just had a feeling that we would do it from that point. Everton was dropping deeper and deeper and we were knocking on the door. I had turned my phone on moments earlier as it had been charging, it then alerted me to Ramsey's goal from earlier. A few minutes later it had made the same sound and I refused the urge to check if it was yet another alert from a new app I had installed but secretly I was hoping it was. When Ramsey had blasted a cross way beyond everyone my stream buffered for a second and my heart sank. We needed much better delivery than that but when my stream returned Giroud had headed in the equaliser. On the replay Nacho had done brilliantly to retrieve the ball and cross perfectly for Giroud.
I cannot remember a time when an Arsenal first team had made so many bad passes in one 90 minutes. I couldn't believe what I was seeing at times in the second half as players usually so assured at keeping the ball were misplacing 5 yard pass after 5 yard pass. But before that, Arsenal had gone behind to yet another set piece. Hangeland was being marked by Alexis Sanchez of all people but he was shrugged away and then the new Palace signing ran into our near post zone. Sanogo could not reach the cross and Hangeland nipped in front of Koscielny to head past Szczesny
When was the last time you saw Jack Wilshere looking as clean and tidy as that? It was still only a friendly so we need to see him in the Premier League but he looked very sharp and fit. Is it even worth talking about Aaron Ramsey? nothing new really, just another top quality display from a top quality player. His goal for me was the highlight of the day. Yaya Sanogo's pass to him was slightly behind him but Ramsey with a player in front of him scooped the ball over the defenders foot to make room for the shot across the keeper and into the net. His conversion rate much be through the roof because the FA Cup final aside, I cannot remember many games where Ramsey has missed a host of chances before finally scoring one. It seems like he tucks away his first chances these days.
- Monaco (h) 1st team performance shouldn't be a shock & Chambers impresses
- Benfica (h) - Floodgates open for Yaya, Campbell's Podli goal & Bellerin thrills
- Hull City (n) - Arsenal: FA Cup winners 2014
- Norwich (a) - Ramsey the striker we've missed
- Newcastle United (h) - No easy games? They were wrong
- Hull City (a) - Ramsey and Özil improve Arsenal's attacking blend
- West Ham (h) - Pocket Podolski, Giroud's Right Choice & Rambo Shines