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A few thoughts on the Queen’s Park Rangers v Arsenal league match

March 5, 2015

During the week there was a complete set of fixtures in the Premier League. Arsenal managed to grab all three points at Queen’s Park Raisins which was just as well as all the top seven teams won. So with ten games left the race for the top four trophy is hotting up Arsenal now have ten games left with six of those at home which could be a big advantage.

I like to where possible give my view on the match, but this was one of those matches where I did not go, nor was I able to watch it live on TV and I don’t do streams, so it would be hard for me to say how the team played over ninety minutes. . I do get some joy though out of following an Arsenal match on Twitter with the views that are flowing in during the game.

The pure frustration amongst supporters when Arsenal are not 4-0 up after two minutes is a joy to behold. Now from what tweets, reports I have read and listened to experts? I can gleam that Arsenal did not exactly play well in the first half against Raisins. However, it’s a stroke of luck that a football match last ninety minutes and not forty-five.

If I had to sum Arsenal up so far this season, I’d say the team not playing well in most games. By this I mean the team only play in short ten minute spells during matches, it’s not like these are their planned tactics, more just the way it is working out. The thing with Arsenal is they only need a ten minute spell, where Ozil, Sanchez, Cazorla and Giroud click and it’s Bang! Bang! We’ve scored. If Arsenal score two goals, the likelihood is Arsenal won’t lose. However, I do think if these short spells were longer, we could be in a much, much better position now.

Arsenal came out for the second half having released the hand brake, put themselves into third gear and started to play. Ozil was very good on the night, Bellerin I understand played well as did Gibbs. Coquelin had another good game and I understand that Arsenal have won ten or the last twelve leagues game he has played.

Ozil should have had a nailed on penalty when brought down by Henry, who having already been booked would have also seen a red card. Yet once again the officials did not deem Henry’s foal worthy of a penalty. Seriously it’s shocking officiating. It’s not like it was dubious at all either. If the officials saw it and they must have how could they not give it?

Same night, Newcastle were robbed of penalty against Manchester United. Leicester robbed of Two penalties against Manchester City and Chelsea get their only goal with Hazard just offside, which I suppose makes a change from him being on the floor after falling over. Once again it does seem easy for officials to allow things for some clubs, yet not others.

A sweeping move saw Cazorla, Sanchez, and Gibbs set up Giroud to open the scoring 1-0 Arsenal. Shortly afterwards Sanchez missed a great chance when in two minds he tried to square the ball to Ozil and green got a touch. Sanchez then made up for this when he attacked the Raisins defence, bamboozled a few Raisins defenders and hit a low shot into the near corner past Green. Then the ball fell nicely for Ozil on the edge of the area and with a superb turn and control on a ball dropping out of the air he saw his shot tipped onto the post by Green.

This is Arsenal though and it would not be right for them to score a third and make the last ten minutes a comfortable period of play for the supporters, oh no! The ball fell to the dangerous Austin, Gibbs and Koscielny did not close down and Charlie smashed a shot past the surprised Ospina. Thankfully Arsenal did not collapse completely and run out 2-1 winners keeping their place third in the table with their tenth league win in the last thirteen matches.

I am still amazed at how some players in the team are seen by some supporters. The stick some of them get for me is totally unfair. There always has to be a scapegoat. It’s a team game, not every player will have a good game, sometimes eight or nine can play carrying a couple of players. It looks like some of our supporters are so busy looking to find fault in each and every game that the enjoyment in football is simply passing them by. There is so much to complain about today when supporting Arsenal.

Ospina looks to be doing what he needs to do, goalkeepers will concede goals it’s always been like that, no goalkeeper is clean sheet or mistake free. Ozil is Ozil. He is all about the bass, no treble, doing things on and off the ball. Yes he does not get stuck and yes he does not tackle back or run after the ball every time he loses it, yet he does do this at times. Lazy! the guy runs miles during matches, but these are not simply chasing around wasted miles. No! Ozil floats around making space for himself and others always looking to make something happen, not trying to destroy the opponents getting stuck in, that’s Coquelin’s job. Ozil is the artist that can make things happen and he is a joy to watch if you actually watch him play and stop letting your yourself getting all wound up about him not making a tackle and looking lazy.

If I were to be wound up by Arsenal it would be as a team where as I mentioned they are not playing for any length of time during games. I’d be unhappy that Arsenal are not putting games out of reach when on top and letting opponents back into games and making it difficult for themselves. In forty-one games this season Arsenal have only scored more than two goals, nine times and four of those were in the FACup or Champions League. Against QPR, Arsenal have twenty shots at goals, nine on target and scored from two of them. Converting chances is an issue, creating them is not. It’s not like we don’t have some good forwards either. Giroud scores, yet misses some easy chances, Theo can score but is wasteful, when he is played that is. Welbeck is a strange one, with so many creative players in Arsenals side he should score more. Sanchez is the exception here, but cannot score all the time.

Still for a team/squad where most players are not good enough (not my words) sitting third in the table behind the two biggest spending clubs of all-time in the English league is not too shabby. I reckon I have seen every player at Arsenal, bar Sanchez get slagged off, even to the point of saying they should be replaced. This goes hand in hand with replacing the manager, the board, moving back to Highbury, getting our Club back and taking Mr. Fusion’s Home Energy Reactor back to the eighties 😉

I saw something the other day that said after Chelsea had won the League Cup Final, since Roman took over at Chelsea they have won more trophies than in their previous ninety-three year history. So we should just ignore that money would have anything to do with this, along with City. Right?

Arsenal have a week off from the league and face United on in the FACup on Monday night. What team will turn up? Will Arsenal play for more than a few spells during the game? United are playing some awful football, yet will their dominance over Arsenal continue? Will United have their usual twelfth man to assist them on a few occasions when needed?

I’m going to go for Arsenal winning this one on the night as it’s time we beat United. 2-1 Arsenal looks to be the result for me.






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