Here goes Gooners:
Norwich were without a win so far this season, so we Gunners fans approached today, confident of continuing our impressive start of this campaign but this wasn’t the team that I witnessed showing resolve and fight against Stoke RFU.
This wasn’t the team that I saw out-thinking, out playing and dominating Liverpool.
This wasn’t the team that I saw go a goal behind at Upton Park, but showing grit and determination to fight back and win 1-3…
Today was a lacklustre display, a throwback to what has had us pulling our hair out for the last six years…
Norwich set themselves up with a disciplined 9 man defence in front of John Ruddy, with Grant Holt as their sole attacker. A case of ‘Arsenal show us how good you are’, come and break us down, and Arsenal failed the test.
Before Mannone’s poor handling handed Holt his simple tap in, the Gunners had looked far superior to the Wurzels, all the same, there was a worrying sloppiness to a lot of the Gunners play.
When they had to chase the game, they just couldn’t shake off that sloppiness, there was misplaced passes, poor control and abject finishing.
To me, our front three conspired to have arguably their worst game in an Arsenal shirt all at the same time.
Man Utd, City and Chelsea all play poorly at times, but they still win those games more often than not and that’s possibly because of the quality they have leading their attacks.
Podolski was anonymous, Gervinho was at his ineffective best, whilst Giroud was just punch-less. For a big guy Giroud was feeble, and as I have supported him in the past, I found his lack of fight so disappointing.
Losing Oxlade-Chamberlain so soon after he came on, was a blow as young Alex was one of a few who looked up for it..!
Both Arshavin and Gnabry put in some effort when they came on, but I didn’t feel that they had a goal in them.
Maybe we could have done with Theo?
Or Lopez? Or Llorente? Or anyone???
I cannot recall any period, during the entire 90 minutes, when Norwich looked stretched. Yes, Arsenal got into some dangerous positions, but I never saw the Wurzels looking anything other than comfortable.
I’m not interested in all those excuses about the Inter-lull, all the top clubs deal with it and it’s about time that Arsenal dealt with it better than they did today.
I felt that we missed Gibbs on the left, he and Podolski have a great partnership.
Jenkinson and BFG had solid games, the latter finishing the game as a centre-forward. Santos was ok, Vermaelen a bit of a mixed afternoon. The midfield worked hard, but nothing they tried seemed to come off.
Hopefully today was just ‘One of those Days’…
More realistically, it puts into perspective where Arsenal are in relation to Chelsea, City and United.
And where we’ll remain for the foreseeable future…
Written by Allezkev.