Morning Gooners – hope everyone’s having a pleasant weekend.
I’ll jump straight into the weekend’s events at Arsenal. On the back of Chelsea dropping points to Crystal Palace and ahead of a crucial showdown with Man City our hopes of catching up in the title race were well and truly on going into the game. Arsene Wenger put out a pretty solid side of which I think many were happy to see Mathieu Flamini retain his place in the side. Excluding him from the Chelsea drubbing was suicidal in the first place so the Frenchman getting a full game was nice to see.
Into the first ten minutes, City looked dominant. Nice free flowing passing and Yaya Toure was at the centre of most of their good play (I still can’t believe we missed out on the burly Ivorian!). From there on, I think Arsenal controlled most of the game. Of course, City would take the lead through David Silva having had a bit of luck after Edin Dzeko hit the post and the ball rolled out to David Silva. cue alarm bells and a thought back to last week’s 6-0 defeat – very concerning.
However, Arsenal fought back with real guile and really made an impression. Most of the day’s good play started through Santi Cazorla, who has really come in for some stick of late. Him and Flamini battled hard in the midfield. Mikel Arteta was a bit disappointing, on a few occasions he was caught out in possession and his pass was a bit wayward, we have to assess whether or not he is the right player to keep as our holding midfielder next season.
Finally, in the second half, Mathieu Flamini scored a delightful goal to set the scores up at 1-1. We were really going for it and looked impressive as we moved into the last ten. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get a Wenger. Arsene looked very disappointed on the touchline, and rightly so. I reckon this could be our title ambitions dead in the water. Liverpool will play Tottenham later today and you have to fancy the Reds to pick up 3 points against a pretty poor Tim Sherwood side.
For us, it’s to the drawing board. Will Wenger sign a new contract on the back of 2 points out of a possible 9? The FA Cup is looking increasingly more important… we have to just wait and see…