By Walter Broeckx
Some changes in the starting line up to cover for the injury of Monreal and Lichtsteiner coming in at what looks to be a 4 at the back starting line up. Our beach showing we are rather thin now on first team players…
Arsenal starting with : Leno, Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Koscielny, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Torreira, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
On the beach: Cech, Nketiah, Ramsey, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Elneny, Willock.
Brighton leaning back and letting Arsenal have the ball. A long ball to Aubameyang who lobs the keeper but a super save from the keeper claws it under his crossbar before it can cross the line. Arsenal attacking the Brighton goal and high pressure from Torreira wins the ball back just outside the penalty area. Lacazette wins it back again and twists and turns and then gives it to Aubamyeang on the left who puts it in the far corner. GOAL! 0-1 to The Arsenal after 7 minutes. A cool finish!
Taylor then giving an advantage when a Brighton player is offside?????? What is the advantage when you are under pressure, Anthony? Luckily only a corner comes from it that is cleared. Taylor letting a clear body block on Özil go? The tone is set it seems. Arsenal still 0-1 in front after 15 minutes.
Lichtsteiner with some good offensive movements but he can’t find a team mate on two promising occassions. Arsenal dominating proceedings having 70% of the ball so far. Brighton then with an attack that ends up in the hands of Leno but a Brighton player kicks the ball out of his hands and think he scored. That is even too much for Taylor who cancels it for a foul on the keeper. Leno had him in both hands. Taylor trying to make up by giving Brighton a corner when the ball clearly came from their player… luckily nothing comes from it. Guendouzi and Özil will not get a foul when they go down it seems. Arsenal losing the ball results in a counter but Leno saves the shot with ease. Torreira with a great ball to Aubameyang but the keeper with an excellent save to the low shot. Still 0-1 after 30 minutes.
Özil with a back header to Aubameyang but a defender can just put enough pressure on him to miss the control. Arsenal get a corner and when it goes past the goal Brighton launch a counter. Lichtsteiner trying to head the ball away makes it a perfect pass to Locadia who is one on one with Leno and simply taps it in. In stead of being 2 or 3 up we find ourselves with a 1-1 score after 36 minutes.
A dangerous looking free kick from Xhaka only results in a corner. A tacjke with studs showing towards Guendouzi results in a yellow card against Montoya. After completely dominating the first half we have a 1-1 sore at the interval because we gave away a cheap goal and let in a very, very stupid goal after having had a corner at the other end.
Iwobi came on at the start of the second half in the place of Özil. Lacazette with a shot that is blocked and then Lichtsteiner with a cross but a defender first on the ball. At the other end Leno turns a low shot in to a corner. Leno catches it but also clashes with the head of Murray. But he can continue. Without Özil we are not as dominant however as in the first half and we certainly can’t find our attacker not as good in the opening 10 minutes. A cynical foul from Murray on Guendouzi earns the first a yellow card. A lucky bounce almosts brings a chance for Brighton but the striker shoots wide. Still 1-1 after 60 minutes.
After 60 minutes Ramsey comes on for Lacazette. Aubameyang almost at the end of a long ball but the keeper was first on the ball. Arsenal still with most of the ball but no real open chances as a result. After 69 minutes Maitland-Niles comes on for Koscielny. Xhaka dropping back it seems with Lichtsteiner and Sokratis? Maitland-Niles and Kolasinac on the flanks. Ramseys to Maitland-Niles in a promising position but the control lets him down and the cross is cut out. And then a combination between Ramsey and Aubameyang is cleared at the last second. Still 1-1 after 75 minutes.
Maitland-Niles having trouble with his control a few times. Brighton almost with a chance after a long ball but the lob goes over. Taylor gives no foul for Arsenal and Brighton can counter but the shot from Locadia goes wide. Kolasinac gets a yellow card for protesting the decision. A attempted clearane from Brightong is blocked by Iwobi and the ball goes just wide. 3 minutes of extra time.
A dominant first half performance and lots of possession after the break but nothing to show for it. I cannot understand why we took off Özil unless he was injured because without him we looked without ideas and could create as good as nothing.
- The Premier League action against Man City brings Super League ever closer
- What Europe knows about Man C but the English press haven’t told you
- Arsenal v Manchester City Women’s Continental League Cup semi-final – match preview
- How Man City’s problems began to arise…. nine years ago
- The media pile into Manchester City, but where have they been all this time?