A draw is not a bad result but it is hard to feel good about it as we all hoped for more. I have said many times on here that if a team – or more or less a same set of players – play three games in a row within a week, it often proves to be hard to win them all. A win at Sunderland and late victory against Ludogorets was not followed by a win in the NLD. Many CL participating teams dropped points this weekend and it is the likes of Chelsea and Pool, who were resting during the week, who are benefitting from this at the moment.
I can live with the draw and think it is a fair result. Our intensity and passing was not fast and accurate enough, and especially on the wings we were not penetrative enough. It looks Iwobi needs a bit of a break from starting games regularly, and the same goes for Ox who came on later in the game but was equally below the expected level. Theo had his moment and was unlucky not to score with a beastly shot from outside the box that hit the woodwork. Alexis also looked tired/less dynamic and Ozil was well marshalled throughout the game.
But we could have been on to a Wimmer when the sorry Spud headed the ball into his own net after we had started to find our swagger. 1-0 at half time and Wenger having a chance to instruct the team to deal better with the ‘three at the back’ of Spuds, should have seen us take all three points from the game. Unfortunately, the tired looking Koz gave away an unnecessary penalty at the start of the second half to let our North London rivals back into the game. Both Koz and Mustafi looked like they were playing one game too many in the space of eight days and I reckon we paid for it.
We tried to take back initiative and Wenger made some inspired subs but we did not do enough to win the game. Spuds also did not deserve to win the game but had perhaps the best chances to do so. Some excellent defending by Monreal, Bellerin and Cech saved us from going behind. In the end it was a draw from a hard fought match in which we just lacked the energy and aggression to come out victoriously.
I happily take the point which keeps us level with Man City and three points of the Spuddies. Now let’s enjoy the break and get Ozil signed up to a new contract! 😉
Cheers for all the support, comments and other contributions. 🙂