By Walter Broeckx
This was a match between two teams who try to play the same style of football. And when you get two teams who play a similar style you get or a great open match or two teams cancelling each other out for most of the time. The latter was surely what happened for most of the time.
Hardly any clear cut chances for both sides in the first half. One for Swansea that I can remember. At the end of the first half however we should have taken the lead. Welbeck his effort was stopped by Fabianski. And seconds later a volley from Ramsey shaved the post. If only….
The second half started as the first with again both teams holding each other at arms length with not much happening in both penalty areas. But the first chances fell for Arsenal but Oxlade-Chamberlain with a tame shot couldn’t really trouble Fabianski.
The deadlock was broken when Oxlade-Chamberlain ran off with the ball in the Arsenal half, gave it to Cazorla who played Welbeck in. Welbeck pulled the ball back and passed it to Alexis who made no mistake from 6 meters out.
The tempo went up a bit and when Swansea got a free kick when Gibbs had to make a foul in the middle you knew something could happen. Sigurdson is one of the free kick takers and as a football lover you can only admit that he expertly buried it in the top corner. Every goal you concede is one that hurts but I can only admire his kick.
Minutes later the moment came that I feared a bit. Swansea forward Montero was giving Chambers a very difficult game and the young full back had a lot of trouble with him. He could hardly stop him the whole match. And yet again Montero ran past Chambers and his cross was headed in by Gomis who had just come on. Going from 0-1 in front to 2-1 down in a few minutes. That was hard to swallow.
What followed was a bit of “holderdebolder” football as we would call it. Not much organisation just trying to hope for the ball to fall kindly. But it just wasn’t going to happen. Walcott was released with a great ball from Alexis but he couldn’t control the ball and Fabianski could collect it.
So it all went wrong in a few horrible minutes. It is as if there is a kind of mental block during a match. Where we suddenly seem to freeze for a while and don’t know what to do. I think that missing a few key players could be vital to having that. Players who know more how to deal with such situations and who keep a calm head. Players who are said that we should get rid of like Arteta but who is oh so vital for keeping the ball in our ranks.
And of course a player like Özil. I will try to have a look in the next days on points won with and without him. I think his injury last season resulted in us dropping points. I do have the feeling that we now have the same scenario.
I can imagine that a few will use this to blame all and everyone and one in particular. As usual we will try to keep our head cool. And will provide the support.
When you are down on the floor I will not kick you down. No I will try to help you up.
When things aren’t working I will not boo you. No I will shout out for you.
When things look bleak I will not lose the faith in you.
Sometimes things don’t work for you. And we are in such a part of the season. A part we have seen but later in the season. It is as if our engine works and can go in to higher speed when needed but then suddenly a part goes missing and the car just goes down. It seems that each chance for the other team just finds the back of the net. And we with all our attacking options just can’t score when we need to or score enough.
Sometimes life as a supporter is about taking it on the chin and look to the future. We will need the whole team ready in 14 days. And I hope that they will bounce back. They must bounce back. As that is the only option they have.
And they will bounce back! I’m sure they will. We just have to make sure that the engine will do it’s job for the whole 90 minutes. As just in F1 a car has to get to the finish line in a race to win in the end.
And as Nicky will confirm just as always in the past when things look hopeless and lost, we find new resources and come back. We still have a lot of top players to come back to help the ones that are out there for the moment. Having Theo nearly back and hopefully players like Giroud back after the international break we can look at a stronger squad in a few weeks time with more options.
Come On You Gunners!
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