We all knew that Arsenal lost this CL battle back home in February, so expectations were not very high for last night’s match. We lost but the boys played with their heart on the shirt and pride for the club. The gap between the two teams seems big, but it cannot be denied that bad defending and finishing have cost us, and if we can work on those two we should be able to make progress in Europe. The big positive is that we did create a significant number of chances and half-chances and did not get bullied into our own half for 90 minutes. Furthermore, there are positives to be taken from individual performances and Pony Eye has summed these up below very nicely!
What were your positives from the game?
Twelve positives from the Camp Nou:
OOOOOSPINA : Great lad. All who vilified him earlier because of one error should hide ther faces in shame. This was the guy who turned our last season round with superb goal-keeping after replacing Zesny. Prejudice is a stone wall. Another brilliant outing.
BELLERIN : Is he a lad? Alba had the fright of his life when Bel raced past him down the right flank. The Barca reputed attacking wing back grew conservative by his standards thereafter. Neymer’s critical dribbling asset of pace was nullified. Don’t tell me Bel is a lad.
GABRIEL : An indefatigable fighter, a leader by action. He is all muscles and fight. Love him.
KOS: Excellent tackler, but whenever he moves upfield with the ball he suffers a brain fart, and leaves the team under pressure, sometimes fatally. But his timing in tackles……….ask Messi and Suarez.
NACHO : Had the unenviable task of marking Messi. A very cerebral player, he acquitted himself decently. What a professional!
FLAM : Complimented Eln very well. The two of them were everywhere yet they never let our defense expoused. Great dynamics.
COQ : Positional intelligence when the opponents have the ball is his greatest asset. He is so acutely aware of his job of protecting the back line. Needs to work more on his pass and move as the days of the pure destroyer are gone. Imagine where he will be a year and half from now…..the best, the very best.
ELNENY : My conclusion on him requires only that dot called full stop. Congratulations Wenger. You’ve unearthed another great player. He is our quickest one/two touch passers. When he makes a third touch it is clear it was necessary. Whenever he plays, our central midfield ceases to look too structured, too readable and that’s Wengerism. And what a paragon of a goal, full of promises that many more are on the way. Am salivating.
IWOBI : That lad is growing. Ozil you better watch your ass. A 19 year kid being so influential playing against Messi, Neymer, Suarez! It’s frightening.
OZIL : Genius who needs his field well watered. Barca with their one thousand and one runners must covet you most dearly. We ain’t gonna let you go.
WELBZ : Pace, power and skill. That equals Walcot, Giroud and plus-plus. You only need to educate your self that in the box time is measured in micro-seconds, not in seconds. No doubting it, you’ve given our attack a refreshing quality.
SANCHEZ : Playing wide right seems to have given you back your indomitable spirit. Your chest heaved, like you were ready to face the might of Barca all alone. And did I relish it? Alexis is back and bigger.
What a victory in defeat. We just want to see you guys in same colour against Everton and the remaining 8 matches (leaving those few tiny kos-like baggages behind). You are such a pretty sight resplendent in such a flaming colour. This way even if we don’t end up champions, we will sleep easy, knowing that it is the gods that said nay nay.
By Pony Eye