Colours never run wrote:I was gobdmacked when I saw Arsenal's line up before KO to see Emery had done half the job for us by not starting Torreira, Ramsay and Ozil altogether. I always did like that Emery. A proper brain fart moment.
When I saw their lineup was when I thought we had a real chance for the first time in a long while if we gave a top performance as opposed to a Brighton style home appearance.
Why go 3 at the back when none are really happy stepping into the midfield. Why leave Torreira on the bench as he was the player who was going to prevent the sort of holes in front of the back 3/4 we exploited especially first half. No way Nasri gets the time to wait on Anderson’s run if he was on the pitch.
Arsenal were poor in part because of the manager. He seems to have set his heart against certain players who do not play “his way”. Yes Ozil can be frustrating when he does not track back etc but Payet like he can have moments of genius - Iwobi or Ozil should be a no brainer.
I really do not get a lot of the Xhaka love, when things go wrong for them he is often at the centre of the problem. Versatile player yes but not really a holding midfielder, box to box player or exceptional passer. For a team aspiring for top 4 etc not good enough.
Guendouzi will be a very good player but still has a lot to learn. Compare him to Rice yesterday and it is clear who is closer to being the finished article.
We were the better team, we deserved the win as we did against Man Utd earlier in the season. There is no shame being beaten by the likes of City or (much as it hurts) Spurs. We have now taken 7 points out of 15 against so called top 6 clubs at home which is excellent but then begs the question of how we can loose to Bournemouth, Wolves, and Watford as well as very nearly add Brighton to that list. If we want to properly become a club challenging for Europe not only must we continue with the form we have shown against the top 6 but we must improve against the so callled lesser teams.