By Walter Broeckx
A few changes compared to our last midweek match. No Özil but in his place Ramsey at the start. Mustafi starting at right back with Monreal at his normal left back position. One could say we still have a few options on the bench if things wouldn’t go according to plan.
Arsenal team : Leno, Mustafi, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Lacazette
On the beach : Cech, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Suarez, Ozil, Aubameyang.
A cross from Iwobi gets a deflection and falls to Lacazette but he drags his shot wide of the goal. Tottenham with a dangerous cross but it is cleared. Rose dives to win a free kick and the ref waves it away. Rose escaping a yellow card there. Sokratis with an error giving the ball to Son but the attack leads to nothing. A rather slow opening 10 minutes with both teams playing a bit with the handbrake on. Xhaka with a long ball to Lacazette who wins the duel. He gives it to Ramsey who is on his own towards Lloris. Ramsey not offside as he started on his own half. He rounds the keeper and pushes the ball over the line. GOAL! 0-1 to The Arsenal after 15 minutes.
Arsenal leaning back in the next 5 minutes with the totts having the ball but creating nothing. Kane scores after a free kick with his head but the flag went up for a correct offside decicsion from the assistant. Son dribbling inside the Arsenal penalty area but he is finally outcrowded by the defenders. The renters do putting more pressure on now after that disallowed goal. Still 0-1 after 30 minutes.
Eriksen with a shot but well off target. Arsenal thinking and playing defensively most of the time. Sokratis has to block a cross from Son. Leno is warned to not waste too much time. Tottenham gets another free kick but the header goes out around the corner flag. Arsenal hardly out of their own half and when they have the ball they keep a lot of people behind. A free kick for Arsenal results in a corner but no danger as the ball goes to the keeper. Vertonghen with a shot from distance after Guendouzi gave the ball away to easily. Eriksen with a dangerous cross that is cleared but Sokratis and then Arsenal with a good attack and Iwobi has a curling shot but Lloris punches it away. Kane finds Eriksen compleltey unmarked but Leno blocks his shot and then pushes the rebound over. What a great double save from our keeper. Arsenal under pressure in the one minute of added time now but the shot from Son goes well over. Arsenal lead 0-1 after 45 minutes.
Torreira starts the second half in the place of Guendouzi. Ramsey is being held by the arm but the ref gives a free kick to the team who rents Wembley. Trippier in some space but his cross goes well over. Monreal with a good run on the overlap and a low cross to Lacazette but he misses the target from 8 meters out. That should have been our second goal. Alderweireld with a volley shot after a free kick for Tottenham but it only brushed the side net. Aubameyang comes on after 56 minutes in the place of Lacazette. Lacazette still being unhappy about his miss I think. This is our second substitution. Mkhitaryn gets a yellow card for a foul on Kane. Aubameyang almost send away but a defender can block his shot. Still 0-1 after 60 minutes.
Xhaka with a free kick that is headed back in front of goal but the ball went out. Lamela with a strong tackle going in from behind on Xhaka and he also gets a yellow card. Lots of midfield battles in this match. My TV station losing their connection with Wembley now. A cross from Lamela finds Rose whose effort is blocked by Leno. Rose follows throuhg on Leno and hits him with the studs on his chest. Rose gets a yellow card for his dangerous foul and Leno needs treatment but can carry on. Özil is getting ready for Arsenal. Mkhitaryan almost finds Aubameyang but the defender can get the ball from him. After 72 minutes Özil comes on and Ramsey goes off.
Kane goes down after being offside but the flag stays down and the ref gives a penalty. It should have been a free kick to Arsenal. What an injustice. Kane scores. Another error from the PGMO. Hello Mr. Riley. 98% correct decisions…… 1-1 after 75 minutes. A foul that happens a dozen times in the penalty area now is suddenly punished by the ref. Probably some good old English cameradery I guess. Robbery is another word.
Llorente with an elbow against the head of Koscielny gets him a yellow card. Replays showing it was a very clear offside by the way. What a miss from the assistant. Mkhitaryan then with a ball to Aubameyang who went down under a challenge from Sissoko and Taylor pointing to the spot! Aubameyang to take it…. but Lloris saves it and then Iwobi playes it back in but a defender can stop the effort from Aubameyang again. It was a very soft penalty but we don’t take the gift from the ref . Aubameyang with a cross to Özil but behind our playmaker and the chance is gone.
Then Taylor sends off Torreira for a foul on Rose. Another poor performance from the PGMO.
Arsenal would have kept the renters of Wembley from scoring if it wouldn’t have been from the PGMO making a mess of it. Tottenham was toothless untill the referees got it all wrong. A first away clean sheet being taken away by the PGMO reprsentatives.
Where is VAR, Mr. Riley?
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