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Santi Cazorla started the game sat alongside Mikel Arteta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sat behind Oliver Giroud with Mesut Özil playing wide right. If I was to guess the reasons for this, I'd say Arsène played Cazorla deep to escape the Bayern Munich pressing machine. His low centre of gravity and two quick feet mean that he can receive the ball in the tightest of positions and wriggle his way out and still have the quality to release a quality pass. Chamberlain has the engine and pace to upset Bayern's deep midfield passer as well as their centre backs while Mesut Özil could move undetected from that wide position. That was my interpretation of the changes, whether it worked or not is subjective. It is difficult to say that Mesut Özil had anything other than a disappointing first half although talk

 

The midfield set up was very interesting, the Flamini and Arteta duo has come under a bit of scrutiny in the past. Arteta has often played as the deepest player as he is better suited to receive the ball from the centre backs and distribute the ball, Flamini has been used to make tackles further up the pitch. Trouble is, this has caused issues with our offensive game, especially if Arteta is stopped from controlling the game from deep. On Saturday Arteta seemed to play as the traditional number 8 as is displayed on his shirt. It looked like the Arteta that forged such a good partnership with Alex Song when he first joined. He may not have the mobility or athleticism of some of his midfield partners but he looked as if he enjoyed himself. With Jack Wilshere missing for the next six weeks and Aaron Ramsey in need of time to get back to his best, we may just see Arteta get a little run in this position.

We did have one very good chance in the first half and those who call for us to stop messing around with the ball and just shoot will be pleased to see Santi Cazorla hit the ball straight down the keeper when he had Lukas Podolski in a far better position in front of him. Positions like that are personally the only reason why he should starting games for Arsenal and little else, so I was vocally frustrated at my favourite little Spaniard for thinking of glory rather than the good of the team. It was a day to forgot about for the pair of them in truth. Santi kept twisting and turning into red and white stripped shirts while Lukas Podolski jogged around playing short passes and little else.

The best part of the game was our 3rd goal scored by our bouncy haired Czech. He let all the creative players around him borrow it for a second before taking it on and dinking over the advancing keeper. Wilshere into Rosicky to Cazorla back to Wilshere who laid it back first time on his weaker foot into Rosicky who was striding forward, then it was one more one-two with Giroud before lifting it over the keeper, a little like he managed to do against Tottenham this season. A beautiful team goal and a goal that Rosicky fully deserved on the day. He wasn't flashy (goal aside) but he was subtly perfect. Every pass was sharp, his movements into space to receive passes, his tireless running. He may not always get all the credit but Tomas Rosicky makes those around him play better

Chamberlain passed to Özil and then set off on his bike down the right, he knew full well that the man on the ball was capable of finding the right pass to find him and Mesut Özil produced it. Inside the Liverpool player and into the stride of the Ox who exploded past Agger but had the presence of mind to look up and see Podolski making a burst into some space in the box. Chambo didn't just hit the ball into the danger area which I see as code for hitting and hoping, instead he opted for a perfect cut back into the stride of Podolski to slot in under the keeper for 2-0. After that we relied on our defensive strength, newly found after Anfield

  • 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