I think it was Norman Tebbit who said “if you want a job get on your bike” Well there was no defensive midfield jobs against Sunderland so Song and Denilson should have moved forwards and retrained to become attacking midfielders.
The thing I don’t understand is all this bollocks about each player has a “job”.
If Vieira never had any defending to do he would break forward and score goals, he was a footballer.
A DM when needed, a AM when needed.
If you put in 2 midfield players who only defend you take away from the attack..
For every action there is a reaction and all that. Thats why Flamini was so good last year, the attack broke down and he would bust a gut to get back and defend, once that job was done he would support the attack and quickly.
For 2 defensive midfielders to work we need to suck the opposition into our half and break quickly, like the team of 98″ with Overmars and Anelka. But we haven’t even got the palyers who can do that. We are a mish mash of slow attackers and holding midfielders trying to pass the ball into the net.
Having said that we created loads of chances on Saturday and if one had gone in it would have been 4. but that would just be wallpapering over the cracks at the moment.
I only watched the match on a stream and the highlight (singular) on MOTD but here is a rough match report and ratings.
Almunia.. 7.5 .. has looked good recently in front of a more solid defence, done a ridiculous Punch at one stage where he should have caught it easily.
Sagna… 7.5.. he seems to be taking the stick for our poor attacking performance, not really his fault we are just spoilt that the man is capable of both defending and attack and he was trying to do more than his share..
Toure… 7.5.. Looked solid in defence and even joined in the attack on numerous occasions trying do what Denilson and Song didn’t even try to do.
Gallas… 7.. Solid as a rock but with little to do.
Clichy..6.5.. Not his best game in an Arsenal shirt, he is a fast attacker and he was made redundant by the system.
Arshavin.. 8.5 .. A brilliant debut from a player who hasn’t played since November. That was like a pre season match for him in terms of fitness, showed an eye for goal and very quick feet.
Song… 6… would have got a 7 but when I saw his laboured run to protect the defence he lost a mark solely on that.
Denilson.. 7.. Would have been okay with someone like Fabregas next to him, there is only enough room for one crab in the team, It seems like the penalty area has a force field around it that he is not allowed into, needs to take a attacking option now and again and do a Short pass and run forwards to receive the ball back.
Nasri.. 7.5.. Not at his very best but if everyone was as creative we would have scored.
Rvp.. 7.. Missed a couple of chances that you would expect a so called world class player to take, talks the talk, needs to do the walk bit.
Bendtner.. 8.. Not a bad game at all, he has been looking strong and useful recently.
Vela.. …6.5..We were expecting so much after his Carling cup performances, His finishing was well off , Has wenger built the pressure up on the guy?
Eboue..7.. Looked lively but the team was finished with ideas by the time he came on. Thought he was in with a chance of an Oscar last night, but he cannot win anything at the moment.
Gibbs.. 7.5 .. On very late in the game, needs more starts..
A far better performance than some of the ones before Christmas, the scoreline would have been big if Arshavins first shot had of gone in as Sunderland didn’t need to attack us. That was the main plus Arshavin, he looks a player.
Come on you fishermen tonight!!!!!