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A few thoughts on Sunderland match,

October 26, 2014

Another frustrating (by frustrating I mean Arsenal’s overall play, not the result) match this time against Sunderland where Arsenal are still not clicking.

Arsenal had plenty of possession, made a few chances, yet did not take them. Sanchez was once again the main man, pouncing on two mistakes from Brown and Mannone, taking both to give Arsenal a 2-0 victory.

Though both goals were mistakes, this is what you get with someone like Sanchez about, he pressures defenders to be on their feet, concentrating all the time and this forces errors. Therefore, in both cases, though errors, I feel they were forced errors, which says a lot about how good Sanchez is and he scares defenders. Sanchez’s second goal was Arsenal’s 1500th in the Premier League.

Sunderland obviously shell-shocked after a 8-0 defeat the week before at Southampton, would be looking for some kind of response but it really did not happen. Arsenal are very good at keeping possession for periods of time and to be fair Sunderland did stand-off, let Arsenal have the ball and play.

However, yet again Arsenal would pass the ball around 25/30 times as is often the case and as soon as getting near or into the area the final pass was the wrong one.

Sounds like Chambers, Welbeck, Cazorla (missed chances aside), Chamberlain were our other stand out performers, however, in the last three games I feel Flamini is getting a rather underserved amount of critique.

A classic fail for me with some supporters is Cazorla, yes he missed a couple of chances, as he did mid-week and this is where for some supporters a good game starts and ends. They base a player’s performance on a couple of wasted chances, yet fail to take into account other good work Cazorla does during a game. It’s like Ozil, if he doesn’t score or assist, then to some Ozil has had a poor game. Some people really need to start watching the games and not highlighting parts of games and parts of players performances.

One thing the Premiership shows with the Man City result yesterday, teams have to be on their metal for every game, more so after Champions League mid-week matches have been played, if not they will slip up. West Ham played well, deserved their victory. Hull got another good away point at Liverpool to go with the point they deserved at the Emirates.

Plus points
Arsenal won and took the three points.

Arsenal moved up to fifth in the table having a poor start, yet are now three points behind third placed City.

Arsenal’s depleted defence kept a clean sheet and even this depleted defence was changed when Gibbs went off injured in the seventy-fourth minute to be replaced by Bellerin, meaning Chambers went alongside The BFG, Monreal moved to left back and Bellerin filled in at right back.
Arsenal really are having a right old-time of it with injuries. It may be just as well that we lost to Southampton in the Capital One Cup and do not have a game at Stoke this mid-week.

I’m more than happy that while Arsenal are obviously not at their best Arsenal have picked up two good wins this week. Hopefully in due course Arsenal will find their mojo, start playing as they can and sooner rather than later would be best for me.

Also such a disastrous start is mainly about the draws that are killing Arsenal right now as after nine games Arsenal have only lost one match in the league.

Turn those draws into victories and Arsenal will be fine. Not often I’d be willing United on, but a draw for United against Chelsea would be a good result for Arsenal today.

Roll on Burnley match.

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