We huffed and puffed our way to those three points didn’t we?
But we got them in the end and that’s what matters.
Cardiff came to do one thing and that was to defend and hope to catch us on the break but in all honesty, we hardly helped ourselves with the slow, backward and sideways passing, especially in the first half. It was either that or an over hit ball over the top which caught the wind and rain and skidded through on fast surface. Yesterday wasn’t a day for playing high balls..
When Arsene made the changes in the second half, our level of play went up several notches, mind you that wasn’t hard to do.
Nik, for all the harsh words I have written about him, came on with a bit of attitude about him. He worked hard up front and Tomas Rosicky gave us something more to our build up play.
Nik deserved his goal, he really did and it was a fine finish. He wasn’t going to miss, not with the passion he had in his right foot. It was such a shame to see him get injured and have to go off…
Theo deserved his too in my opinion, especially based on his second half performance. He was sending in good corners and crosses, two of which should have been headed home by Merts and he worked hard down the right hand side. He gets a lot of deserved stick each week but there were several occasions he cut in from the right and the game was crying out for a ball to be played into the gaping space he’d created but that pass didn’t come. Had it done so, he’d have been through on goal with just the keeper to beat.
What to do about Lukas Podolski? He is not the player who can take on the role of a lone striker in my opinion. I don’t think he once took the ball with his back to goal and offered any kind of threat. Forgive me if I’m wrong, but each time he had to resort to playing the ball out of the box or across the box whereas a top class striker would have turned and shot. If our German number nine hasn’t the strength/ability to do that against Cardiff, then surely he won’t do it against the better sides.
Talking of Cardiff, we really should have battered them, and had any of our players taken it upon themselves to shoot instead of wanting one, two or three more passes, we could have done but no-one wants to take that responsibility enough during a game. On the occasions they did, they were off target.
Birthday boy Jack battered the woodwork with a corker, Santi shot well wide and Theo saw one just go past the post but for the 69% possession we chalked up, and the twenty-eight attempts we had on goal, we managed to score just two goals and both of those were in the final few minutes.
Yes we won, yes we got three points and therefore remain top of the league but we are seriously papering over the cracks as far as our strike force goes.
This current Arsenal side is crying out for a goal scorer, a very good one.
Rumours this morning suggest that man really could be Dimitar Berbatov. Well, that’s according to The Sun.
This month could see Bendtner leave and Arsene Wenger knows he can’t stop him as his contract expires in the summer and he is now free to sort himself out a move:
It is January 1 so we cannot stop him [talking to clubs abroad] but he says he wants to stay here. If he is focused on staying with us and his job, he is a great striker.
Surely Arsene wouldn’t be tempted to see him stay longer would he?
Regardless of his future, Nik won’t be playing on Saturday against the neighbours and with him and Giroud both out injured, goodness knows who will play in the FA Cup.
It’s looking likely that Park will have to get his boots cleaned in time for the 5.15pm kick off…..
That’s it for another day, have a good one