Well, it is not the best time for me to restart my blog. The 4 part extravaganza touted as the decider to a whole season is underway. Halfway through, we have drawn 1 lost 1. But what exactly went wrong here?
Denilson, Clichy, Almunia were below par. Denilson especially had a hand in all 3 goals.
The first goal, after Nani did his trickery to beat Clichy and Nasri, it was Denilson as the second line of defence. Firstly, he was very far away and then he didnt tackle Nani when he could have. Almunia’s very erroneous judgement lead him to finger the ball into his own net. He wanted to touch the ball over the post but infact led it into the goal.
The second goal was a classic counterattack. Vermaelen did a fabulous job of recovering to coverup Park. But he needed help to cover which neither Denilson nor Clichy could provide. Denilson was definitely in such a good position to stop the ball from reaching Rooney. I was weird to see Verm covering so much ground while Denilson could not.
There was nothing stopping the 3rd goal. Again Denilson gave the ball away and Song came in to tackle hoping that he would win it back, which he didn’t. This gave Park a free run. It was 4 on one and Clichy did well to stop Park from supplying to the other 3 but realised too late that Park would take the shot on, and I guess Almunia also wasnt expecting it.
Well this is the advantage of hindsight. I would not have been able to guess this before the game. Infact the ESPNStar pundits had gone for either a win for arsenal or a draw.
Fergie has of late had a very cautious approach to the big games. At the OT, he played a 4-3-3 to counter our formation. At the Emirates, he played Rooney on his own as expected. But the master stroke was Nani on the right. I honestly believe that Valencia would have done a better job. But nothing takes away the credit from Nani.
Our defensive left flank over the past 2 games has been the focus of attention. I really dont understand how this has come about. I honestly believe that Clichy is a very able defender. And infact was glad that he was back.
Arsenal need to hold their nerves for the next couple of games. Only a win against Chelsea can bring us back into the race. It would be very naive of us to expect that Chelsea and Man Utd will drop more points.
Sorry, I have really asked a lot of questions and not given many answers. The next couple of games will hopefully be an answer. I hope to see more of Walcott and Bendtner. Also I hope Clichy can really be a rock like Sagna is down the right. As for Denilson, I cant say much. I have been a fan of him, but his inability to cover up distances quickly could be a major handicap. Ramsey maybe an option. But I am hoping Wenger considers Rosicky in that role. Eastmond also did a fine job earlier and can very well be tried.
Ciao for now…