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A few thoughts on the Burnley match

November 7, 2014

There are quite a few teams I think feel uncomfortable playing Arsenal at the Emirates and a team like Burnley would obviously be one of those as Arsenal don’t often lose at the Emirates. They come in fear of losing and look to defend and waste time either escape with a draw or a low scoring defeat.

We all know how Arsenal like to pass the ball around and boy! do we know that. We all know Arsenal like to keep possession as well and today many teams turn up with two banks of four, say there you go Arsenal that area outside the penalty box, say twenty yards from goal is yours. You can play you passing game all day, leading up to and along that line. Thing is lately even our passing has been poor, the team playing like they only meet up before each match.

Arsenal simply have to be clever to break teams down, yet at times our opponents are so well-drilled, so committed it becomes difficult, because we make it difficult by being so predictable. Also no matter how good a team is, a well-drilled team can stop a better team. Take Barcelona at home to Celta Vigo.

Arsenal have to be patient, keep playing football, wait for the chances to arrive and teams like Burnley should eventually tire both mentally and physically. However, we really do need to mix it up a bit more.

Yesterday for twenty minutes that how it looked, Burnley keeping their shape and being committed to keeping Arsenal at bay. Then Arsenal stepped it up, Oxo and Welbeck started to look threatening alongside Sanchez. Chances started to arrive, yet Arsenal simply could not put the ball in the net. Welbeck danced around a few players, got in his shot yet the ball hits a Burnley player and goes wide. Santi missed a couple of chances as did Sanchez, mainly all last-ditch blocks by Burnley defenders, near misses or saves from keeper and of course the obligatory failed to see a blatant handball by the officials that should have resulted in a penalty.

Half time 0-0, but for me there was only going to be one winner on the day. So in the second half Arsenal kept making chances and Burnley kept the ball out of the net by hook or by crook.

Ramsey replaced Arteta suddenly things seem to be gelling, Ramsey has hand in a Santi shot blocked and then in a Sanchez shot blocked.

Finally after seventy minutes a Chambers cross was headed in by Sanchez and Burnley’s brave regard action and Arsenal’s wastefulness was over. Three minutes later after so many corners from Arsenal which hardly anything ever comes from them, finally a corner comes in, a bit of a melee ends up with Chambers sticking the ball onto the net from four yards for his first goal for Arsenal and 2-0.

Podolski replaced Welbeck and a big cheers goes up for Theo Walcott who finally makes an appearance after being out for ten months replacing Oxo.

Chances kept coming Arsenal’s way, Ramsey, Cazorla, Podolski Ramsey, Cazorla, Podolski, Theo and then Podolski slamming the upright, before Sanchez get onto a low cross by Gibbs, controls the ball nicely and as cool as like, strides forward and puts the ball in for 3-0 Arsenal.

A fully deserved victory even if it was only against Burnley. So far this season apart from Chelsea no team has really played well or with any consistency. However, Arsenal poor as Arsenal have been we have only lost one game out of ten in the league.

So the Burnley result makes it three wins in all competitions on the bounce and up to fourth place trophy spot in the Premiership.

I must give a shout out to Monreal and Flamini in the last few games. Monreal is doing a good job of filling in right now and Flamini has played reasonably well for the last four games.

Happy days all round for now.



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