We went down 1-0 to Olympiakos yesterday and we went down with our heads held high. I thought we played well all round the pitch and passed well. Of course, we don’t like defeats, so the end result isn’t great, but of course, the style and panache that the players had was very good to see.
The line up was:
Gilbert – Bartley – Silvestre – Cruise
Ramsey – Song
Walcott – Wilshere – Merida
I’ll start off by examining the positives, which were basically summed up in one player – Aaron Ramsey. For me, the boy stole the show and commanded the midfield as his own. When Arsene bought the Welsh central midfielder, to be honest, I didn’t see the special talent. But as the boy has progressed under Arsene Wenger and the coaching staff at our club, he is really starting to blossom.
Yesterday his performances were Cesc like, very dynamic – he passing was brilliant, short, medium and long. His dribbling was good and his ball retention was very good too – he is now a serious contender for the first team. And he’s worked hard to get there.
Arsene summed up Ramsey’s performance in one line saying:
“He had a good presence, gave good balls and had a good work rate in midfield.”
As a whole though, there were some good performances from a lot of the youngsters – with Tom Cruise and Kyle Bartley doing well in defence. Song was immense, but then he always is and of course Merida and Wilshere were industrious and intelligent. The biggest shock of the night was the poor first touches and poor finishing