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As podcast co-host Matt said to me after the game, ‘perfect.’
Was the performance something that woke you up in a sticky mess this morning? Unlikely. But look, you have to be real with yourself, we turned over an uninspiring West Brom in second gear, no one picked up an injury, and Lacazette kept pace with the monied striking elite with a poachers goal and a cooly slotted penalty.
A pretty simple night.
Were there things that slightly worried me?
For sure, I thought Mustafi had another nightmarish game. I gave him the benefit of the doubt when he bungled his way to a clean sheet against Chelsea, but that was battling Moratta. Having trouble with Robson Kanu and Jay Rodriguez is more of a worry. He was extremely lucky to have gotten away with a pretty clear penalty in the opening few minutes. He was also lucky their players left their shooting boots in the Midlands. The constant diving in already has him found out, I just hope we don’t have to receive a hiding at City to convince the manager he should be hunting out better options.
Aaron Ramsey had a mixed game in his second #10 outing. He covered a lot of ground, made a whole bunch of incisive runs, but I just couldn’t help but feel that sort of performance always looks good for the cameras but it leaves the team short at the back. He has the best engine in the midfield, the most recovery pace, and I think he should err on the side of defence when he’s playing with Xhaka who might as well not be there at times.
Mo Elneney had some good spells. He turned over the ball a few times, and he doesn’t always cover ground fast enough, but he also dropped some wonderful passes and he was 80% of the two-man cover for us in the first half. Not that it was overly effective at keeping the backline protected.
Lacazette landed his two goals, but he still has some work to do to convince me he’s anything more than a faster Giroud. He’s not quite in sync with the team at the minute, and his decision making is questionable. Can he make the jump to the level we need? Jury is out, ok? One thing that is for sure is he’s going to score 20+ goals this season.
The last player I want to talk about in Nacho MUNREAL (Stolen from Alfred). He just can’t stop dropping performances. One of my favourite players. He was a man-monster again last night, making one of the most technically superb goal-line clearances you’ll see this season. He’s ageing like an AC Milan defender back in the day.
- 6 Interceptions – most in game
- 4 Tackles
- 3 Clearances
- 1 Goal-line clearance
- 94% Passing Accuracy
Take a bow, son.
There’s not really much more to say about the game, if we can land max points from the next three games, we’ll be in good shape heading into a more testing point of the season. Bate Borisov on Thursday should be a run out for our second string players, leaving our first team names fresh for a potentially tricky away game at a newly promoted side.
We have a fresh podcast for your ears this morning. Finally, we’re comfortable enough to talk in upbeat rose tinted tones.
- We cover the game
- Discuss the merits of Rambo as a #10
- Get into the eliteness of Lacazette
- Discuss Reiss Nelson and his choice of date venue