Five postive things Arsenal can take from the 2-0 defeat by Man City

By Stefano on January 14th, 2013 3 comments

At face value Sunday was not a good day at the office for Arsene Wenger’s men. A 2-0 home defeat to a team who last won away against them in 1975, to say nothing of lost points in the  race for fourth place.

However, call me an eternal optimist, but there were some positive points that I think Arsenal can take from the game against Man City.

1 Wilshere is back to his best – His performance yesterday was sensational. His movement both on and off the ball was superb and much of his passing exquisite. On countless occasions he took the ball turned and glided past City players, many of whom could do nothing but resort to knocking him over. Sure there was that awful moment when he got caught on his ankle, but he is obviously pretty resilient again. If Wilshere gets injured Arsenal’s season will be over. He is their best player at the moment by a country mile.

2 Flashes of form from Ramsey – The jury is out on Abou Diaby’s  comeback yesterday. His passing was sloppy and he lacked match sharpness. However for Arsenal fans just seeing him get though a game while occasionally showing signs of his genius-  those times when he moves forward and the ball just sticks to his foot – is probably enough for now. The irony is that it was the player who replaced him almost got Arsenal back into the game. Ramsey had his best half hour for the club in ages. His passing was inspired and there were many times when he shielded the ball in difficult situations when there was no one to pass to .The vision which delivered that ball to Walcott where the England player’ shot was cleared off the line was vintage Ramsey. If he can only keep this form up he could prove to be vital to the Gunners as the season progresses.

3 Wojciech Szczęsny looked sharp - Ok, so his distribution wasn’t what it should have been at times, but Arsenal’s Polish goalkeeper must have heard the rumours about possible signings. He could hardly be blamed for either goal and when called on made a series of decent saves. In an indifferent season this was one of his better games.

4 The Emirates really got behind their team – With the side down to 10 men and 2-0 down it could have all gone a bit flat. But at times the atmosphere in the stadium was electric, and the players responded to that passion.

5 The Arteta injury will surely force Wenger’s hand in the transfer market - The Spaniard is out for three weeks now. Diaby is not strong enough to play ninety minutes – and if he does who knows what shape he will be in at the end of it? And Arsenal have a big run of season-shaping fixtures. Surely Wenger will strengthen Arsenal’s midfield. Has that Yann M’Villa signed for anyone yet?

  • Shane Keegan

    I dont nkow about other Arsenal fans , but I for 1 am getting fed up with us not getting active in the transfer market. It makes me sick that Wenger seems like a pensioner trying to make their money last… Get active…Buy some players… We waste money on sending scouts all over the world.. Why bother?? We dont buy anyone

  • wrightydenhenry

    Our performances are nothing to do with transfer market our inability to defend properly has been going on for years and its not the personnel its the coaching.
    The screwing around with player’s positions Gervinho – centre forward, Ramsey – right wing Wenger thinks he can do anything new players in teasm have to establish themselves in positions they are strong at before starting to roatate them otherwise their confidence goes, this is not genius!
    Last season when Ramsey and Wilshere played together in the middle they looked the part, Ramsey just does not know what to do on the wings. Cazorla was absent yesterday to me he struggles under pressure at the moment……..

  • wrightydenhenry

    Thought Giroud gave everything yesterday and continues to impress me if only we could cross a ball 21 crosses to Man City’s 15 and we still managed to create a lot less chances.




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