Well, I expected a win, an emphatic win. A win to say to everyone - we're here - we want the league and despite the mistakes of this season, we're going to fight to the death.
Well, sometimes you don't get what you want.
Today we started like this:
Sagna – Toure – Silvestre – Clichy
Denilson – Song – Cesc – Diaby
Adebayor – Bendtner
Four central midfielders deployed across the middle, it was without doubt a very defensive set up. Something hasn’t really clicked somewhere, because we don’t need to stifle our own creation, we need to use our ability to the max and just be organised with the long throw.
Walcott, Nasri and Van Persie are basically our most creative players, and they were all left out of the starting line up. With league wins a rare commodity it was strange to see us go up there looking for a draw. If a draw is what we were looking for. Anyway, our defending was damn right dreadful once again and our attacking instincts, mainly because of the chosen line up but also relatively lacklustre with our passing game having deserted us.
Some of the commentators have set up as a 4-1-3-2 but it doesn’t really matter, no Walcott, no Nasri and no Van Persie means no attack really.
We did start well, with Cesc shooting early on but it was classic Arsenal which saw us go one-nil down. Stoke’s first real attack of the game resulted in a goal. A long throw from Rory Delap saw Toure miss the ball and Fuller guide the ball into the back of the net.
We’re going through an awful run of form at the moment and it was no surprise that we went behind.
The rest of the first half did see us have chances, but a lot of sideways, backwards passing and a serious lack on penetration.
The first half ended 1-0 to Stoke and it looks like we’re on our way to yet another defeat.
On the second half, Walcott, Van Persie and Carlos Vela all came on for Sagna, Denilson and Adebayor.
But Stoke were the more dangerous and Seyi Olofinjana scored the second from the same source, another Rory Delap throw in.
Just to make things worse, Van Persie receives a red card for a “punch” and with 10 minutes to go, we’re down to 10 men.
Update: Clichy managed to get one back in stoppage game, the game ended 2-1.
Well, that’s just great. Season is officially over.
See you next year.]]>