The Daily Mirror report that we are hoping to sign Sami Khedira in the summer. He’s injured at the moment but with his contract heading into the final year after the summer, Real Madrid could be tempted to sell him. Khederia is a very good friend of Mesut Ozil and the 6′ 2″ midfielder is a bit of a power horse in midfield…
Often outplayed, too often we couldn’t keep the ball, sometimes we couldn’t finish and as is so often the case, the FA couldn’t find a proper bunch of officials….
We knew before we kicked off that City love to score goals, especially at home and they added six to their already vast tally this season.
We gifted them a number of those six goals though, we really did as we allowed them far too much time on the ball, too much space to pick their passes and certain players weren’t tracking back enough and had games they’d no doubt like to forget. Koscielny appeared to be half asleep for their first goal, Vermaelen stood and watched as yet another cross came into the box and this one was converted. I can’t remember who by, it matters not really does it?
We lost the ball in midfield a lot but on two occasions it was crucial as both errors ended up with us conceding a goal..
Monreal was left isolated far too often and City took advantage. The midfield players were far too soft and all over the place at times, making it all too easy for the two City midfielders to boss our three of Wilshere, Flamini and Ramsey. Our defence had absolutely no protection all too often….
City were at home, they were expected to dominate the possession with the players they have and it was always on the cards that they would have more chances than us. But let’s not forget that we had chances too, plenty of them and certainly enough to have secured at least a point from the game.
And of course, we were victim of two wrongfully disallowed goals, a clear penalty turned down and Giroud had another day to forget. I thought that the chance he had to play a flat ball to the back post where Theo Walcott was lurking summed up his day. He totally mucked his footwork up and fell over the ball…..
Bendtner had a goal disallowed for offside when it clearly wasn’t, Giroud had three chances within a space of five minutes and he missed the lot. A further chance he buried, but yet again the flag was raised… Walcott was on a serge through on goal and the flag went up wrongly again and as for the late penalty, well what a joke that decision was. Milner was
diving falling long before he managed to flick his foot on to Szczesny’s…..!
At 3-1 the penalty claim was turned down. That could have brought us back to 3-2 and Walcott’s second would have seen us go level. Yes, they scored again, but then so did we through Nikki B but that offside flag cost us again.
And Merts goal, our third, should have been our fifth, not our third and that’s just our legitimate goals. We had plenty of further chances too but they all went begging….
We scored three good goals though, a wonderful curling shot from Theo Walcott being the best…..
On another day, that three would have been more than enough but when you have a team with a few players who are having a bad day against a side like Manchester City and three officials wearing blue too, it’s always going to be a tough day..
I wasn’t impressed with Mesut Ozil’s behaviour after the game. Of course he was disappointed, we all were and still are but you(he) don’t walk of the pitch without showing a bit of respect to the fans who had travelled many miles, spent big money and cheered you on for ninety minutes….
He tried to but Per Mertesacker soon put him in his place…
Arsene said after the game:
The Germans will sort that out between themselves don’t worry.
Ozil has since apologised to the fans..
Other bad news from the game was the injury to Laurent Koscielny – he has suffered a ‘cut’ and will be out for a while but Arsene Wenger didn’t know last night how long that ‘while’ might be.
He also commented on the penalty claim we had turned down:
I think we had three real offsides which were not turned down and the penalty turned down. The referee had a bad game.
I doubt anyone would disagree with that but I think a few players had average days too….
That’s your lot….