Urgh – another disappointing result. Things were made a little bit better when Cesc Fabregas headed a late, late equaliser but for my money this outcome was just as disappointing as the game against Hull a week ago.
I have to admit that although I stayed up until 2am to watch the game, the stream I was viewing was so dodgy that I missed both goals. The coverage buffered just as Grant Leadbitter lined up to shoot and I was mortified to see the ball sitting in the back of the net. A second viewing showed how great the goal was but it didn’t make any easier to take.
I had essentially resigned myself to a second defeat in a row but luckily the boys hadn’t. The coverage cut out again but when it resumed I saw a happy Arsene Wenger, an even happier Fabregas and a marginally more friendly scoreline. Phew.
I said after last week’s defeat to Hull that a couple of losses aren’t the worst thing in the world as long as Arsenal aren’t drawing too many games. This was our first draw of the season but given my statement it hasn’t come at an ideal time. And it’s a little bit of a worry, to be frank.
From what I was able to take from the match – which was very little, given the stuttering coverage – the boys again struggled to take a strangehold on the match in the same way that they did against Porto in midweek. Of course the result may have been different if Robin van Persie’s incorrectly disallowed goal had stood, but that wouldn’t have changed the inconsistent nature of this performance.
Positives? From all reports Alex Song had quite a good game in the centre of the park while it is clear that Fabregas is starting to really hit his straps. Wenger went with a 4-5-1 against Sunderland but in all honesty I would prefer to see a 4-4-2 with Song and Fabregas in the middle used for most Premiership games, at least until Abou Diaby returns from injury.
On another note, you have to feel a little bit for Manuel Almunia in goals. He’s been immaculate this season, hardly put a foot wrong but has still been beaten by two of the goals of the season. It’s a hard life being a goalkeeper and when you’re conceding goals that are just unstoppable it must make it things all the more frustrating.
Anyway, given the poor quality of the stream and the fact that I don’t usually post on Sundays, I’d love to hear what people thought of the game. Something tells me it’s not going to be pretty.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend if you can.
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