Feels a little bit weird going too hard on the game when the backdrop was the tragedy of Emiliano Sala’s plane crash last week. Arsenal put his name on the program, a lovely touch. The minutes’ silence was also fitting.
The game was pretty grim. So grim, the illegal stream I was watching switched to the City game. Arsenal weren’t at the races. Emery rolled out a 4-3-1-2 formation to begin with, opting to make a player he’s ostracised the captain for the night (OZIL). The formation didn’t work, I’m not sure why Emery thought 3 defensive midfielders was going to be the key to anything interesting, especially against Neil Warnock’s Brexit express.
However, you have to hand it to Cardiff, they had the best chances. We didn’t hit the target once in the first half. Very sad times.
The second half was a little better. We changed the formation to 4-3-2-1. Iwobi coming on for Elneny. JENKS EMERGING A HERO FROM THE ASHES OF MORDOR. Things perked up, we began to create more, delivering a whopping 4 shots on target. Yay Arsenal. Really hate that I wrote yay, but it’s staying.
The breakthrough came from a penalty that Iwobi assisted. Kolasinac was clattered, Mike Dean couldn’t say no. Auba couldn’t miss.
The second was a fucking masterpiece. Lacazette out on the far right found himself tripped over, he managed to get back up, find his balance, power through the whole Cardiff side and drill a low shot under the keeper. What a season that man is having, I think I’m attracted to him, and I don’t think anyone would say that’s anything other than fully justified.
We still took time out to concede at the end, Mendez-Laing embarrassed the team in the box with a devastating cutback and a curling daisy-cutter into the bottom corner.
Whatever… 3 points will do.
Things went nicely for us in the other games, United dropped two points to Burnley, and Manchester City fucked the title with an unbelievable loss to Newcastle United.
I can’t really be arsed to keep on banging the drum about the bad football. That’s ours for the foreseeable. However, one consistent worry is the schizophrenic nature of the tactics. There’s no through thread of how Emery wants the team to play, so the constant chopping and changing has a negative impact on how to operate because the players don’t seem to understand the system, an issue which is exacerbated when we change in rusty players.
It took ten years to change formation once, now we’re rotating through 2-3 different systems per game, and it’s a bit of an abomination to watch.
Bright sparks… Mesut had a pretty good game, Matty G had a really strong second half (WHAT A PLAYER he’s going to be), and no one had a career-ending injury.
All eyes on the Sunday prize of Manchester City. If they lose, it’s season over, if we lose, it’s… well, probably highly irrelevant as everyone around us seems capable of folding this season.
Right, that is me done, see you in the comments!