Arsenal made hard work of easy opposition displaying all the usual inadequacies we’ve grown accustomed to watching this season.
The line up indicated we were in for troubling times, we changed up our two full backs, the midfield contained Rosicky and Diaby and up top Chamblerlain was given a runout.
After watching Brighton have the better of the opening moments, forcing a particularly clever save from Szceney, we took the lead. After a quick clearance from our keeper, Giroud found himself on the edge of the box, he crafted some space and rifled his shot into the top corner. A classy finish from the big man.
It didn’t take long for Brighton to get back into the game. Santos gave them free reign down the left putting in a very amateur performance. Brighton had a goal disallowed for offside, Szceney, regardless of the outcome made a hash of the cross. Shortly after, he did the same again, when a corner was fired into his 6 yard area, he didn’t go for it which allowed two players to get in front of him and score. Weak keeping from him… as a keeper, you own anything that comes into the 6 yard area. Weak team defending. Who tracked the runners?
The second half saw a little more action, Podolski hit the bar from a freekick. Giroud followed up after with his second goal, he took down a looping ball from Diaby and smashed it back across goal. Again, a top class finish from a man who is finding his feet.
Arsenal weren’t finished with the bad defending, Santos and Diaby let the Brighton wideman have plenty of space to pick out a cross into our box, the keeper didn’t come and we found ourselves level pegging again. The quality of our set up at the back is so poor… this was a Championship side showing us up with relative ease.
People always try and gloss over bad play by pointing to the eventual result, for me, the reason we’re in no mans land in the league is because Wenger had spent 8 years ignoring defensive mistakes. Here’s an idea Arsene, give Bould the defence like you did during the first month of the season. Here’s another idea… why don’t the players speak up and demand more training at the back?
We did manage to snatch the result in the end, Theo Walcott came to the rescue when he turned in a corner at the death. I’m sure I read that his stats sit at 17 goals with 10 assists. The 25 goal season is well and truly on for that man.
I’ve also got a lot of time for Giroud. He’s rough round the edges but he works hard and things are starting to drop for him. Both of his finishes were top class and he’s certainly the first plan b striker we’ve had for a few years. He’s starting to match his aerial dominance with a bit of style on the deck. His movement has always been good, what’s making it work is the team are starting to gel with him.
Onwards and upwards… Liverpool on Wednesday, a must win.