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A few thoughts on the Swansea league Match

May 17, 2015

Sorry this blog is a bit late. Had a few issues since last week and forgot to post it.

Arsenal went into this game on the back of a very good run. However, City hammered Queen’s Park Raisins 6-0. United won 2-1 at Palace which made it all the more reason that Arsenal beat Swansea to make second place a reasonable target. Arsenal started with the same team for the fifth game running, which is good for some, but when you lose not so good for others.

Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, (Wilshere ), Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud, (Walcott).

My gut feeling was Swansea would come and play football, they are a footballing side. How wrong can you be? For the first ninety seconds Swansea did not touch the ball and though Arsenal had all the ball the Swansea set-up looked like Harry Monk had taken his tactics from the Jose book of tactics. OK! maybe it’s understandable as they are right on the heels of Southampton and if they catch them a European place could be up for grabs. Needs must.

After the early Arsenal training session Cazorla plays the ball to Sanchez who is wiped out by Shelvey and no booking given. Williams now in Giroud another free-kick, no booking. Arsenal; have racked up about two-hundred  passes to Swansea’s five and yet not a clear effort on goal yet. It’s all a bit drab. Fernandez not with a knee in the back of Giroud, they shall not pass is added to Swansea’s tactics. Taylor grabs Sanchez’s shirt, he goes down, Friend waves play on. I’ve seen them given.

Finally a booking for Swansea as Shelvey goes in the black book. The first half was simply one of pass, pass, pass from Arsenal and no threat on goal. A mixture of one pass to many, failure to want to shoot and Swansea defending very well made it quite frankly a bit of a bore fest.

Sanchez has a couple of early half chances in the second half but still no goal. Ramsey into the side netting. Cazorla straight at Fabianski. Everything seems to be going straight to Fabianski. Crosses shots, headers. Monreal, then Ramsey again both at the keeper. Sanchez in… Shoots straight at Fabianski, though to be fair it’s a snap shot, however, the ball runs nicely for Theo – surely 1-0, but no! half-hearted shot straight at Fabianski. Theo really should have scored. Pressure is mounting from Arsenal but whatever they do, the ball is attracted to our ex-keeper who I’m not sure is either having a blinder or Arsenal are making this game easy for him.

The game had this written all over it. Montero crossed to Gomis, header down, Ospina can’t keep the ball out and Cyclops shows the ball crossed the line 1-0 Swansea. Smash & Grab, theft, nicked the goal, stealing  (to take, get, or win insidiously, surreptitiously, subtly, or by chance:). Undeserved, I’m not having that :). Then Theo with back to goal, lays the ball to Jack who with time running out surely has to shoot, but no! This is Arsenal, he bloody passes the ball and another chance goes begging. Frustrating second half with Swansea defending with everything they had, some good play, some luck and they got the three points to do the double over Arsenal. Arsenal had twenty-three shots at goal with nine on Target at Fabianski.

After such a good run it was all a bit of a shock that with all the talent Arsenal have no one could fashion up a few proper decent chances to stick the ball in the net. I’m not going to get all medieval on Arsenal’s arse too much though as if Arsenal beat Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion at home nothing can stop them from finishing in the top three, even if we lose at Old Trafford.

Hopefully that will not happen as this game against Swansea should be a huge kick up the arse for the team and a win at United would seal a top three place and then there will be less pressure with the FA Cup final on the horizon. Hopefully this Swansea team can do us a favour when they play Manchester City this coming Sunday.












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