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So the question is, do Koscielny and Mustafi stop Liverpool's goals? It's impossible to say really isn't it? Obviously it does not help having an inexperienced centre back pairing but I think it fits the narrative of not spending a little too conveniently. When we dropped off our intensity in winning the ball high up it looked like absolutely anybody could walk through us and create shots on our goal, especially from wide. That was not down to our centre backs. When we defended as a team in the first half there could not be a bad word said of either Chambers or Holding. In fact, I thought to myself during the game that one of the highlights of this half was Chambers

 

The centre back pairing is one of the obvious and it was no surprise to see the experienced Gabriel start the game. new boy Rob Holding was the chosen one to partner the Brazilian. The midfield combination was also of much interest. It seems as if Arsene is looking to start Coquelin alongside Xhaka in the first game of the season. Without going back through the games, I think Coquelin has played whenever Xhaka has. Given that Xhaka is the deepest of the midfielders it leaves Coquelin in somewhat of a box to box role and I am not quite sure how much I like the idea of that

The Premier League climax quickly morphed into hilarity. I mean I cannot think of a word to sum it up better than that, it was just funny. Sunderland were supposed to have put any slight chance of St Totteringham's day to bed when they relegated Newcastle United in midweek, giving the Magpies nothing to play for whatsoever on the final day against Tottenham. I mean even if they had to scrap for a win to survive the drop, it was unlikely against the much lauded Spurs press. This super team that have given the Premier League a breath of fresh air and all that jazz.

7 minutes into the second half however and we trailed, 3-2, to an Andy Carroll hat trick. The firsts of which was an absolute disgrace on our part, West Ham countered after a move broke down and there was no attempt at any point from any Arsenal player to interject. It was clear that we switched off and that the three points were already secure in our mind. Creswell put in a great ball and everyone in the box was static apart from Andy Carroll who connected and brought West Ham back into the game. That should have been our warning sign that we needed to focus and the game wasn’t over. They’ve just used Andy Carroll as a battering ram and is clearly going to be their game plan, watch out for that and try to stop it.

How much better has Alexis been on the right? I mean, he looks a completely different player since switching. Before the game I thought it was more down to form rather than position, that was until Theo Walcott came on late in the game and Alexis moved back to the left. There were a few incidences where we saw him cut inside and lose the ball. On the right hand side we have been able to see Alexis get in behind the opposition far more consistently. Because of this he is far more productive in the final third. Since moving to the right he has scored at Tottenham, assisted for Elneny at Barcelona and now scored and assisted for Iwobi yesterday against Watford. If Alexis can continue at that rate then we should have little problems scoring goals again, especially with Welbeck's constant probing of the opposition defence and Iwobi's desire to score goals

There were some good individual performances on the night. The more I see of Elneny, the more I like him. Doesn't look to do anything flashy or highlight worthy, just makes good decisions from start to finish. Because of this, he rarely loses the ball, when you combine that with someone who works so hard on the pitch you cannot help but feel excited about his future role in the team. Alex Iwobi continues to look the part, gliding across the pitch, knitting everything together with his early and accurate passing

Players like Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin are aggressive, front footed defensive players who make tackles and interceptions by force, we take it for granted when they do their jobs well so unfortunately this is the other side of the coin. It was rash and ultimately snatched a chance to win the game out of our grasp but some of the frothing has been a little overboard in my opinion

  • 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