Gunners have not been at their sumptuous best of late and have struggled to get
their free flowing game going during recent games. On Saturday however, in
echoes of their form earlier in the season, Arsene Wenger’s side were excellent
from the very first minute. The midfield in particular were a joy to behold,
asserting their authority with neat one touch passes coupled with brilliant
movement to cut through Sunderland, causing the visitors numerous problems.
Arsenal were left to ponder what
might have been last night as the Gunners produced an excellent display against
what many consider to be the best team in Europe right now. Had Szczesny not
been sent off in the first half, Arsenal may well have even won the match.
Unfortunately the referee made a decision which effectively killed the game and
we will now never know what the outcome of this intriguing match would have
Arsenal and Manchester United
played out a tense and tight 0-0 draw last night in a match which frustrated
more than entertained. With both sides coming into this game following
disappointing results at the weekend, it was not surprising that their main
concern was not to lose.
The Gunners in particular
appeared to have suffered psychologically from their 5-1 drubbing at Anfield.
During those horrendous opening 20 minutes, they had been punished almost every
time they committed men forward and as a result, Arsenal were extremely
cautious in their attacking approach last night. The transition from defence to
attack was extremely slow, ponderous and sloppy. It wasn’t helped at all by
Arteta either, who has recently tended to want an age on the ball. Therefore
whenever Arsenal had an opportunity to hit United on the break, they simply
allowed the visitors to regroup, get men behind the ball and the chance was
Arsenal produced a truly
shambolic performance at Anfield on Saturday, as they capitulated from the very
first minute of the game. In fact the match was over within the opening 20
minutes as Liverpool comfortably raced into a 4-0 lead.
In many ways this was a result
that had been coming for several weeks.
celebrated his return to the starting line-up with two excellent goals to fire
Arsenal back to the top of the table, as the Gunners comfortably overcame
Crystal Palace yesterday.
When Tony Pulis left his post as
Stoke City manager last summer, most football fans rejoiced at the thought of
never having to endure another tedious 90 minutes against a Pulis side again.
Unfortunately the football dinosaur (no not Gunnersaurus Rex) was back at the
Emirates Stadium yesterday peddling his depressing brand of football once