Defensively we were good, Vermaelen came in and played well, Gibbs and Sagna were caught out at times but defensively did decently well. The problem from the back four was when we had the ball in our half, nearly all times we were under pressure we chose to punt it long, something Arsenal don’t do often but did a lot. A long ball to Giroud was often a key option and maybe due to a lack of midfield options this did not work and often lead to a turnover.
10 shots, 60% possession and 6 corners lead to no goals, the drive of Arsenal to press forward was not there at all and we suffered for that, there was no width, pace or passion going forward which was a major factor of our downfall.
Positively though after a great start to the year and in a busy period a loss isn’t the end of the world, still sitting in the lead we are in a great position with many players returning to action soon. The return of Vermaelen was great, and Flamini returned. Lastly, I was disgusted at Van Persie who Arsene had so much faith in and decided to celebrate like that and make some disrespectful comments after the game was poor. Really aggravated me!
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