But back to all things in the world of Arsenal.... and the a reflection on the game against Roma on Tuesday at the Emirates.
[Sorry for the time delay]
So, I've been watching the replay of the game today and have a completely different perplexion of the game now. When I left the Emirates on Tuesday night, I was quite disappointed that we hadn't won by a greater margin. I was disappointed with the copious amounts of chances created and failure to convert. But as I sit back and reflect on the game, I can see a slightly brighter picture. The picture is that if we play well, we will create chances. If we create chances, they eventually we will score.
A one-nil win over Roma with an away game to come is a decent result. Our game was better than theirs and we were the better team. And the team out there didn't include first team regulars such as Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky, Cesc Fabregas and Adebayor and someone else whom I can't really call a first team regular, Eduardo, simply because he's been out for so long. With the makeshift team which saw Bendtner deployed on the left (why does Arsene do this?) and included Eboue, we were still the better team.
Having watched the replay many times, Roma showed that they are actually a decent side and attacking wise did have something to offer. In defence, however, they gave away the ball so much, it's clearly their weak area. One goal in Rome would surely see us through - our defence was by far the better. I said to JAT at the game on Tuesday, "the worse team will lose" twisted from the statement, "the better team will win", simply because at times it seemed bad. But again, as I saw the replay, it wasn't all bad.
The worse thing of the night was the two missed chances - first by Eboue - he even failed to hit the target and then of course by Bendtner - when scoring seemed easier!
Well, all in all, a decent result. We can't complain, we've won a game and have the second leg in our favour.
Nasri was a little disappointed with the score, but well aware that it was a decent result:
“We probably deserved a higher score.We created some good opportunities. Now we have to repeat the performance in the return match. I think this result is not too bad, even though we could have won it with a larger score. But fortunately we managed not to concede any goals. The positive ahead of the second leg is that tonight we’ve seen a conquering Arsenal side, with a good defensive display. This is very encouraging for the challenges to come. We are confident for the second leg as we start that game with a 1-0 lead. We are confident about our means and are convinced we can succeed.”
All in all a decent result. A result which we can build upon on the next leg…
Back tomorrow with a Fulham preview…]]>