Wednesday evening we saw two different teams on the pitch. On one hand we saw a team that was organised, stuck to tactics, worked hard for each other and played to their strengths. One the other we saw a disjointed, unintelligent, group of individuals.
For those who saw the game then I don’t need to tell you which team was which, but for those who didn’t, the team who was organised and played to their strengths wasn’t us!!!
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not calling for heads or anything like that, but the Arsenal side that was out there isn’t the side we’ve become used to under Wenger. Its a very, very average side we have at the minute. Wenger still likes to employ the ‘Wenger Ball’ tactics and we know they work. Its the players that don’t fit the system. We have become used to seeing our beloved club passing through sides like a hot knife through butter with great technique, working together, linking up, creating space and using intelligence. Barring RvP and Nasri, we have no players fit at the minute who has these attributes. This current side just don’t work together and are technically inept and it showed once again at Goodison.
RvP saved us with a strike that we know he is capable of. We were lucky. Everton deserved the points. They had a negative game plan from the start and they stuck to it perfectly, closing us down and exploiting our weaknesses with their strengths (Tim Cahill), but they have only one half fit striker so who can blame them??? Football is about tactics as much as it is skill and Moyes almost had Wenger. Well in fairness, he did didn’t he because we were lucky.
Now, a draw away against a very organised team like Everton is normally a good result and we keep the unbeaten run going. We have a line up of fixtures coming up that’s arguably in our favour and we could well see our unbeaten run extending to over 15 games, so I’m not slitting my wrists just yet. What disappoints me was the performance, quite honestly we were shit and we have too many average players who cant do the job when we suffer with injuries. Under the circumstances we needed to win that game to keep the pressure on the top 4, but Villa are starting to see a bit of daylight between us and themselves and if we don’t pull our socks up we could be too far behind to catch up.
What worries me the most is Wengers post match interview. Wenger said that when we get Rosicky, Eduardo, Cesc and Theo back it will be like having 4 new signings. It seemed to me to be a subconscious way of telling the fans we aren’t signing anyone and i’m sorry Mr Wenger, I’m not accepting that, we need at least 2/3 new signings AS WELL as these players back, but I will reserve my judgement until the transfer window closes.
Almunia…6….Saved a shot from Cahill that was a thunderbolt, but it went straight at him and I don’t think he new much about it anyway. Not too sure about whether he could of saved Cahills header, but I’ll just point out that it wasn’t exactly in the corner and I’m willing to say a few other keepers that spring to mind would of got to it????
Sagna…5…the mans letting me down game after game. Rubbish crossing again and should of closed down Baines before the cross. What happened to the player we had last year????
Gallas…6….did ok, nothing to shout about, but he was playing against a one man Everton front line,who is in fact a midfielder and he should of been more aware of Cahill for the goal. The man was playing up top by himself and we all know he’s lethal in the air, why was he left to Clichy to deal with???
JD…6…same as Gallas.
Clichy…6…not really his fault for the goal, never had a chance against Tim ‘The Salmon’ Cahill.
Denilson…5…not a wide man so I’m not going to judge him too much.
Song…5…lost the battle with The Giant Afro Man.
Nasri…7…plenty of running, desire and tried to make things happen. Was at times a one man midfield and i just cant understand why Wenger wont play him centrally.
Ade…5…80k a week???? Don’t make me laugh… 30mil???? Not any more. Boy did we miss the train with that one. Many of us said we messed up with the ‘one season wonder’. Ade’s an impact player at best and if we receive a big offer for him again we should snap their hands off.
RvP…7…is now the number one striker at the club by a country mile, hit a wonder strike that saved our bacon and needs a better partner upfront, one who can be bothered and one who is just as technically gifted.
The fans…10…didn’t stop singing, stayed until the end and got their reward.
We are now relying on Villa to slip up, but who says they will??? We should have never of been in this position in the 1st place. We almost won the league last year but instead of strengthening we were considerably weakened and we are paying for the mistakes of the summer, like many of us said we would.
Fingers crossed though, there’s still plenty of the season left and footballs a funny old game.