Swansea 2 - 1 Arsenal
After a draw (which felt like a defeat) against Anderlecht, The Gunners needed to get back to winning ways in the league. Swansea were standing in the way, and although travelling to Wales is never easy, a win for Arsenal should be on the cards. Should be.
But the first half was - for the most part - Swansea’s.
Welbeck, Gibbs, Ramsey, Alexis and Chamberlain started very slowly indeed, whilst Cazorla looked worse than ever. I forgot he was playing at one point.
The Swans though, were enjoying themselves. Montero was giving Chambers a torrid time, as Bony made himself a nuisance to Mertesacker and Monreal.
“Chamberlain had grown into the game, and Swansea weren’t looking do dominant in the middle…”
The best chance fell to Welbeck just before half time, after some good play between him and Chamberlain. Unfortunately, his finish wasn’t good enough, and Fabianksi was able to make the save.
Arsenal looked more lively in the second period. Chamberlain had grown into the game, and Swansea weren’t looking do dominant in the middle.
As a result, The Gunners broke the deadlock in the sixty-third minute. Chamberlain broke forward, played it to Cazorla, who played it to Welbeck on the right, who eventually crossed to none other than Alexis in the six yard box. An easy finish for the man from Chile.
“Arsene Wenger’s non-existent tactics at their best, or worst…”
But the game had only just begun. Swansea struck back in the seventy-fifth minute through Sigurdsson’s awesome free-kick which found the top corner.
Three minutes later, a Montero cross found Gomis far too easily, allowing the big forward to head it into the bottom corner. Awful defending once again.
Amazingly, Wenger refused to bring on subs until the eightieth minute. Walcott and Wilshere, the former of whom is returning from a long-term injury, and the latter of whom was recently ill, were thrown on to try to save the day with ten minutes left.
To cut a boring story short, they couldn’t. Arsenal couldn’t. Arsene Wenger’s non-existent tactics at their best, or worst.
Arsenal Player Ratings
Had very little to do other than watch the two goals fly past him.
Run ragged by Montero on the left. Didn’t get forward enough, and didn’t defend well enough. I blame Wenger more than I blame him, though.
Hasn’t looked 100% all season, much like Arsenal as a whole. The defence just seems so unorganised, and he isn’t as commanding as I have come to expect. Perhaps its the make shift defenders around him.
Should have done better for Gomis’ winner, but Ramsey was in his way a bit, and - oh yeah, he isn’t even a central defender. Worked hard though, and always looked like he can keep the ball when he has it.
Positionally poor today, and he topped that off with a low-quality performance in the final third. Bad crosses and slow movement made things easy for Swansea.
Aaron’s isn’t passing and shooting like he was last season, that’s for sure. Struggling to find form.
Didn’t actually do that bad today. Put in some good tackles here and there, but he still wasn’t able to actually boss the midfield. Those days are long gone.
Played a good pass in the build-up to Alexis’ goal, and also had a shot on target. That’s literally all he did, though.
The Ox: [7/10]
Started very slowly, but Alex grew into the game and worked hard to make things happen. Didn’t succeed though.
Sanchez: [7.5/10] - MOTM
Wasn’t as lively as usual, but he still looked our best player, and he still grabbed a goal. I feel sorry for him more than anybody else.
Got a good assist for Alexis’ goal, but looked lazy for the rest of the game. Should have scored before the half time whistle, but produced a piss poor finish.
Walcott, Jack [N/A]
Woeful in Wales
Where do I begin.
I’ve always defended Wenger. He pulled us through tough financial times, in a way which I doubt anybody else could have. But this season was the goal, the light at the end of the tunnel, if you will. Money to spend and creativity to be shown. But where is the tactical genius? Where is the tactics AT ALL?
Cazorla still starts despite his best efforts to play like a League 1 player. Our defence is in ruins because he sold players and didn’t replace them. Our defensive midfield position is being battled over by two sub-par weaklings, and when our best players are fit, they are played out of position.
We looked slow and uninterested today, without any desire.
I’m now sick of it. Things need to change, and fast.