Match Review - Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Premier League
Relief and disappointment are my two contradictory emotions I feel today. We were losing at home to Tottenham and we weren't carving out a great deal of clear cut chances so to get back into the game and level was a huge relief but given our dominance and the players we had on the pitch, I can't help but feel frustration today.
Mathieu Flamini received a pass from Per Mertesacker on 56, but the Frenchman is probably the weakest technically in our team and he could not evade the pressing of Eriksen and coughed up possession in a very dangerous area. Lamela took over and slipped in Chadli who placed wide of Szczesny.
A goal from our own doing which was hugely disappointing. Spurs had threatened on the break when they won the ball deep in their half and could have created good chances if they had made better decisions in our half.
Arsène had reverted back to the 4-1-4-1 system that I imagine will be used for a little while yet. Given the Özil and Welbeck chemistry shown at Villa Park last weekend, I am surprised that the same system was not deployed. Alexis Sanchez started on the bench for the second league game in a row. I am guessing here but I reckon that Arsène believes that Alexis is disrupting the fluidity of the attack with his individualism. It's an issue that Arsène has to solve and quickly because Alexis is the most explosive player on the team, his energy and commitment are second to none. Not only that but he's a match winner but on the other side of the coin our moves break down a lot because he takes too many touches and misplaces too many passes.
For all our possession most of our attempts were speculative efforts from Wilshere, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck and Chambers. Basically from the British players.
Injuries are not slowing down it seems. Arteta, Ramsey and Wilshere have all taken knocks to varying degrees. Santi Cazorla's introduction made a big difference to our game and I must admit I was quite surprised that he didn't start the game. When Alexis came on for Wilshere who took yet another ankle knock, Mesut Özil was moved back inside and we looked better for the changes.
In 74, Cazorla mishit a shot that Welbeck failed to make any contact with before Oxlade-Chamberlain was on hand at the back post to fire into the roof of Lloris' goal. Chambo was at the far post last weekend when Villa scored the own goal so maybe Ox is trying to get into scoring positions more often.
I was absolutely convinced that we would go on and win the game with 15 minutes left, we had the wind in our sails and had the talent on the pitch but we ended up crossing the ball far too much. I think that's been a problem all season so far. We are not a crossing team but we are using that option far too often. The impressive Kaboul dealt with those all game.
Like I said at the top of this piece it was frustrating not grabbing all three, especially as Chelsea keep winning but at least we do not have to endure gloating Spurs fans.
There has been plenty of worry about our defence all season but for me the worry is our offensive game. We have a wonderful array of talent who are yet to click as a unit and we are dropping points because of it and not because of the lack of centre backs.
The training ground is the place to fix this so let's hope this happens sooner rather than later.
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