I will try my best to make this post as positive as I can simply because there is no point in being negative…
Despite the draw, the title is not over, we can still win the league but the questions are how we will fix the new issues which are prevalent in our side. As you know, we drew 2-2 with WBA at the Hawthorns and it wasn’t an impressive game at all. The line up was:
Sagna – Squillaci – Koscielny – Clichy
Wilshere – Denilson
Nasri – Ramsey – Arshavin
With a bench of Lehmann, Eboue, Gibbs, Miquel, Rosicky, Bendtner and Chamakh
The game started badly for us, Denilson especially seemed to be very much off the boil… the spine of the defence at the moment is Almunia, Squillaci, Koscielny with Denilson just in front – but it should be Szcznesy, Vermaelen, Djourou with Song just in front… We’re going to have to play with the first axis for the rest of the season, and it looks like they haven’t had much game time yet – but perhaps they will get better – perhaps playing Miquel now will help?
The two goals that we conceded were down to defensive mistakes – the first down to our centre backs not being in the right positions and not tracking their players and the second goal we conceded was down to Almunia soley being rubbish and coming out for a ball that he shouldn’t have.
Credit to the team for coming back into it – Arsene is correct, they did show desire but they could have done a bit more to get into the game a bit earlier… I always knew we weren’t ready to win this game and perhaps the International break will do us good to regroup and come back and fight for the rest of the season!
Arsene spoke about the spirit of the squad and the effect of the game to the rest of the season…
I am proud of the spirit we have shown. It shows we are ready for a fight. We made things difficult for ourselves with the second goal and we faced opponents who were very well organised. It was a little bit attack against defence, like you do in training. We were nearly punished because they had a chance in the second half before they scored the second goal. The pitch was very difficult for us, it looked difficult to get passing to the top speed. It was more down to character and resilience, which we have shown plenty of. Mathematically, we [have] lost two points but psychologically we have won a point because when you are 2-0 down with 20 minutes to go, you are not to unhappy to come back.
We’ve got a home game next on Saturday 2nd April – it will give the team some time off to regroup, it will also mean, that we should have Cesc, Walcott and Song back after the International break, which could rejuvenate our current squad.