Posted on Sunday, 30th September 2012 by The Goon
Ok, having reflected on yesterday’s result, which was an upset in the sports betting market, and cooling my jets per say, I thought I would share my thoughts on our team’s performance.
Needless to say, we conceded two very stupid goals – both which could’ve have been prevented.
The first goal was down to poor marking and a lapse of concentration and positioning from Laurent Koscielny. Fernando Torres was tugging at the Frenchman’s shirt when the ball came flying, but Kos was all over the place from the get-go in this set-piece and a quick turn away from the ball to look where Torres was completely wrong footed the defender, leaving the Spaniard free to tap in the opener. Perhaps Vito Mannone could have come out and claimed the ball, but I believe Kos should have done better in general.
Having gone a goal down, we responded well. We didn’t play our best stuff but we did merit a goal and we got it just before half-time through Gervinho. It’s just a shame the half was coming to an end, because we had Chelsea on the ropes after scoring.
Second half didn’t produce many chances for both sides. Lukas Podolski’s header aimed at Petr Cech’s far post was probably the pick of the lot, with the Chelsea goalkeeper tipping it wide. Olivier Giroud’s deflected effort just dropped wide of the goal – leaving me standing like an idiot in front of my TV, as I thought it was in.
All was going well until Chelsea were rewarded another free-kick around 35-yards from Mannone’s goal. It didn’t look like a position where they were going to score from but they did, thanks to yet another lapse of concentration from Koscielny. Juan Mata simply swung in a low angled ball towards goal which didn’t meet anyone apart from Koscieln’y leg. The Frenchman lost his bearings yet again and guided the ball past Mannone. At this point I thought it just wasn’t going to be our day and I was proved right.
We could’ve kept our unbeaten run going but for Giroud’s last minute miss. The French striker was put through on a one-on-one with Cech, rounded the keeper but only managed to hit the side netting – this certainly didn’t help his ‘flop’ cause in any shape of form.
To be fair, it wasn’t a great game, and it wasn’t a great performance from our boys. It probably deserved to be a draw but it wasn’t. Lady Luck was clearly shining on Chelsea yesterday and we need to avoid such displays if we are to be considered ‘serious’ title contenders.
But what annoyed me – besides the result and performance of course – was the omission of Per Mertesacker.
The Big lanky German has been our best defender by a clear mile so far this season, yet Wenger decided to put him on the bench, why?
Now I am a firm believer of if you play well, you should keep your place in the side, no matter who you are keeping out of it. I’m not saying we would’ve won the game if he was on the field, nor am I saying Koscielny has lost it anyway, but I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t have conceded those goals, especially the first one. Big mistake from Wenger, and I think, deep down, he knows it.
Jenkinson is really making a claim for the right-back position, while Ramsey is showing desire and commitment when others aren’t.
It’s going to be interesting to see how we bounce back from this defeat, as it wasn’t a game we exactly deserved to win.
Our season truly starts now.
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