Supporting Arsenal is not for the faint-hearted! One minute you are leading by a two-goal lead, and then within in a space of two minutes, your opponents have either equalised or taken a lead.
Needless to say, it was another lacklustre performance from Arsenal, coupled with a lot of defensive errors. I still don’t understand how Mikel Arteta deliberately fouled someone in the box to hand them a penalty – I didn’t expect that from him. Plus, Laurent Koscienly was behind him, he would have made it hard for Bryan Ruiz to shoot.
Speaking of Koscienly, I feel he played very well. He made some crucial tackles to deny Dimitar Berbatov a one-on-one situation with Vito Mannone, and looked like he was finding his best form again. In my opinion, the French defender deserves a starting berth alongside Per Mertesacker.
Our major problem is our inability to defend – everybody can see the way Arteta is struggling to play as our defensive midfielder. Our back-line played well, but our problem starts from the midfield. Even Le Prof admitted that he took a gamble by not replacing Alex Song, and instead thinking that Abou Diaby will replace him.
To sum up, our major problem lies in midfield – we don’t have a natural anchorman in it. We also need a striker that can work his socks off and is technically good. We have a big enough squad but not enough quality. We need some major reinforcement in January or it could be a very long season for us.
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