By Walter Broeckx
For the match against Leicester we had the following team at the start : Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Rosicky, Walcott, Cazorla, Ozil, Alexis
On the substitutes bench we had : Szczesny, Gibbs, Gabriel, Flamini, Ramsey, Welbeck, Giroud
So that is three changes to the side that started last weekend. Alexis Sanchez came in the place of Olivier Giroud up front and Tomas Rosicky partners Francis Coquelin in midfield and Ramsey drops to the bench. Theo Walcott also started instead of Danny Welbeck who found a place on the bench.
A strong and attacking line up from the start and still some good options in all positions on the bench.
A very attacking line up as said but the first chance was for Leicester but the shot was diverted in to corner. But gradually Arsenal took over but apart from one infiltration that was stopped by a few legs of Leicester defenders not a shot on goal. 10 minutes gone and the time wasting already in full flow by the Leicester keeper. Leicester with another chance but the ball when through the legs of Ospina but luckily also wide. And just after 15minutes a fist chance for Arsenal when Walcott was behind the last man but the keeper saved at the expense of a corner.
Alexis held back by Upson with a rugby tackle but not a yellow card. My stream as blurry as the Arsenal attack for the moment. Not really bright. But finally an effort from Özil but the keeper can save in corner. A corner to the first post and Koscielny is on hand to put it over the line. 1-0 to Arsenal after 27 minutes. A strong tackle on Alexis just outside the penalty area but the ref sees nothing in it. Alexis needing some treatment but can continue.
Bellerin with a shooting chance but straight at the keeper. Alexis away on the left but can’t keep the ball in control and still seems to suffer a bit from that strong challenge. At the other side a header from Leicester that goes over. And a bit later a shot that went wide. And Leicester starting to kick around a bit. Oh a former Stoke player I see now. Bellerin with a good recovery the ball goes to Özil who shoots from 20 meters out. Schwarzer can only palm it away and Theo Walcott is on hand to put it in the net. 2-0 to the Arsenal after 41 minutes.
Theo again away but his pass to Alexis is being intercepted. Alexis then with a good run but the last defender was too much. And again a strong tackle on Cazorla and again the ref keeps the cards in his pocket. The free kick from Özil goes just wide after being touched but the ref doesn’t want to give a corner. Ref then seems to ignore a foul on Ospina when Leicester get a corner but luckily Leicester cannot capitalise on it. 2-0 to Arsenal at half time. We can play better.
A big shout for a penalty for handball right at the start but the ref only gives a corner to Arsenal. The hands of the defender spread very wide. Leicester with a shooting chance then but straight at Ospina. A bit of a let off when a Leicester player can’t control the ball when he could have gone at Ospina.
Then Leicester making a substitution when nobody is ready. Amazing. This is pub level football and the ref does nothing. If a player is not ready to come on, you just continue the match ref. Then my stream went completely blurry and after some up and over football Leicester can score a goal. 2-1 after 61 minutes. Seeing the replay the Leicester striker made the ball unplayable.
We really don’t play well and ref refuses to give any cards against tackles from Leicester players. Oh and finally he does when a Leicester player brings down Ospina who tried to start a counter with a quick throw. Ospina neading some treatment but can continue. Caszorla then with strong shot but the keeper can save it. Rosicky then getting a yellow card for a foul. Typical. They commit foul after foul and we get a card.
Alexis who had been kicked enough goes off and Giroud comes on after some 67 minutes. Leicester again with a chance but the shot goes wide. My stream then going up and down but I think I have seen Walcott leave the field.
I think I saw Ospina with a stop on a counter. And then Ramsey went down shortly after coming up and Flamini getting on his place. Another injury? Looking like it as he went straight in to the dressing room. Then I see the ref giving a handball against Arsenal when a player faces the ball with his back. Özil going down but the ref gives again no foul. Amazing.
Then another foul on Özil and this time he gives it and even a yellow card. 5 minutes of extra time given. I can’t figure that one out as my stream was stopping from time to time. Must have been that.
A match like my stream the only thing that mattered was the final score. We were kicked to shit at times with the ref letting it all go. A not that impressive performance on a bleak stream and from what I could make of it an even bleaker ref. He sure was the worst man on the pitch from what I could see.
Oh and somewhere else in England the tiny totts lost at Liverpool so natural order has been restored.