Saints 1 – 1 Gunners. Eight Observations:
- The first half was one of the best halves this season for Arsenal. We dominated, played crisp passing football and creates half a dozen of good chances. Arsenal took only one and we ultimately paid the price for this, but with a performance like that, I am not worried about the disappointing end result. I saw us dominate in all areas and play with great maturity.
- What not everyone seems to understand is that (by far) the best team does not always win. Football’s shadow is Lady Luck and nobody has total control of her ‘bounce of the ball’. Quality of the players and tactics, as well as attitude and fitness play strong roles, but luck is always a factor. Blocks can lead to fortunate or unfortunate deflections for example. This time round, Arsenal lacked a bit of sharpness and calm, and also a bit of luck. I guess you can say that we used up our luck v Leeds last week. This also happens to Citeh sometimes, hence their two draws and one loss in eleven games already.
- Gabriel Jesus seems a bit desperate to score and impress. He seems to want to force the issue and it would not surprise me if this linked to him wanting to be nxluded in the Brasil World Cup squad. Gabriel is a tornado on the pitch but I hope he can find his own eye of the storm again.
- It is a small crime that Odegaard did not leave the pitch with at least two assists yesterday. The man was awesome and Bergkampesque at times whilst also working his socks off. Martin, our fine captain, I salute you!
- The subs are not doing it as yet. We are lucky with a fit squad but when it comes to subs we miss a whole layer in midfield. Zinchenko, ESR and Mo are of a different calibre to Vieira, Sambi and Nelson. They would have a big and direct impact, and we are suffering from their absence at the moment.
- Eddie is another sub who needs to step it up. There is no lack in trying but coming on as a sub requires a certain mindset, and Emile is a good example of this. We need a good second CF. Eddie needs to step it up or we will need to buy this January.
- Granit is currently playing out of his skin for us. Two fabulous goals with his right foot within the box in the space of three days. Wow.
- If you are not going to win make sure you don’t lose. This is were this team has made such enormous progress. And that for such a young team.