Good grief what on earth is going on?
Over the last three Premier League games we have picked up more injuries than we have scored goals, that my friends is very worrying, very worrying indeed.
Aside from the injuries to three very important players I was frustrated that we were not able to play at the same pace as we did last Tuesday against Dinamo Zagreb.
Norwich were happy to drop off us, sit deep and offer us the chance to play through them, unfortunately we were unable to move the ball quickly enough to fashion the amount of chances you need to kill off a team like Norwich.
Alexis Sanchez looked to be our most threatening player in the early stages and it was typical Alexis play that got us the opening goal. His winning of the ball was what he does so well but the instant reverse pass to Özil, once again running into a scoring position was very enjoyable. As was the finish by the way, lifting it over the keepers legs into the corner of the net, Ian Wright style.
Until recently we have been very, very strong in those positions. Going a goal up and then remaining solid until we pick our moments to kill off the game. That went pear shaped at West Brom last weekend and once again we could not get a grip on the game after we scored.
Gabriel who had replaced the injured Koscielny got his positioning all wrong, I am still unsure as to why that was, but once the forward turned there was little Gabriel could do to get a tackle in. 1-1
I thought we missed Koscielny from an attacking point of view when he went off. From the start of the game Kos strode out from the back allowing the midfield to push a little higher to receive the ball but once he went off we lost that option when building up from deep.
We may have even found ourselves behind towards the end of the half but for a back post miss.
Then came the Alexis injury just before the hour, closing down a bad pass as he does so often, he pulled up and clutched the back of his leg.
Alexis along with Özil have been our best attacking players over the last few matches and he hasn't looked tired one bit, in fact he looked like he was returning to his best after a wobble. So I don't blame the manager for not taking him out of the team. If the player gets the go ahead from the medical staff, the player says he feels fit and of course his recent performances show that he is winning games for you then what do you do?
When players get injured for the most part, I think we can manage until they return as long as it is not all of your players in the same position or if that player is Alexis Sanchez because he is different to everyone else. I guess it depends on the duration of the injury. Luckily we have Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ramsey back along with Joel Campbell who looks better than the bit part version we witnessed until now.
We have Sam Allardyce's Sunderland at the Emirates on Saturday so the likes of Chamberlain and Campbell really have to step up and prove able deputies because 3 points is a must after only picking up 1 point from what should really have been 6.
With Santi Cazorla joining the injury list, it will be interesting to see what our midfield looks like with Ramsey more than likely moving back inside.
So it was a disappointing afternoon at Carrow road, a fixture we really ought to win from the quality we have on the pitch, even if the quality off the pitch is growing rapidly. We are still only 2 points off first place. Traditionally November is the worst month for us when it comes to racking up points so I wish so many wouldn't throw in the towel so quickly even if our injuries are once again threatening to derail our season. At least we have some experience in this now. We have seen this happen before, dip after catalogue of injuries and then go on a strong run once they return. Look at last season for the nearest example.
So yes, not the best few weeks being a Gooner but we are far from being a Goner.
Fingers crossed that the wins pick up in December.
Oh and Arsenal, happy 1st December by the way.