The game yesterday. Frustrating, but not too bad I thought. It was an entertaining enough game. They had at least two glorious chances to win it, but I thought we could have won it as well, despite playing like numpties on ice.
Giroud will undoubtedly get a lot of stick today (when does he not?) and he was pants. Utterly terrible. BUT.. That is not his real level. He’s better than that. I would have liked to see Campbell but I think Wenger wanted Giroud to play through his bad form rather than take him off and have him dwell on it. Height may have been another concern, and once Ramsey went, I don’t think he was going to come off. I also think Wenger isn’t entirely sold on Campbell. The way he talks about him. He says all the right words, but I think he’s a little undecided.
Ramsey’s sending off, I saw it exactly like GIE did. Wilshere looked like he was getting better. Not great yet. Not at his best even. But getting better. Wilshere’s hard tackle when Ramsey was kicked in the abdomen was exactly what was needed. Not reckless, but a response to Besiktas’ increased physicality in the second half.
Besiktas were pressing well, but for the most part we played through their press with calmness (as long as Arteta was there) and I couldn’t help but thinking that a fitter, more settled Arsenal side would have torn them apart. But as we know, we are not at our free flowing best. 0-0 is a bit of a dangerous result, but I still expect us to beat them at home. Even without Ramsey.
Hopefully the returning Germans and some increased rotation will help us against Everton, because that will not be an easy game.
On the whole I am disappointed with the overall performance yet we live to fight another day.
One can’t make excuses about the pitch as it was the same for both sides,and one can only give an opinion on the players who actually played.
0-0 is okish but at the back of my mind next week there is always the possibility of conceding just the one goal.
The Turks showed their intent from the first few seconds with the cheeky shot that nearly caught Sczsceny by surprise
They were really up for it, were as physical as any team such as Stoke and we never really let us get into a rhythm.
To me we looked lethargic and a lot of our play was similar to the Palace game.
Ramsey should have known better but these things happen and as Raddy just said Arteta’s injury could keep him out for a few weeks.
If we had lost 3-1 we couldn’t have really complained so luck was on our side and it was a magnificent save from Chamberlain’s shot.
Giroud showed yet again that he is a work horse but not a game changer.
Chambers again thrown into the deep end only made one real mistake and looked very composed.
Debuchy as well looked the part but generally our small lightweight team never feel comfortable in these sort of games
If the three Germans are back next week that may well make a difference but our defence still looks very vulnerable and now we have the daunting task of Everton Away before we even think of the return leg.
Two games in and and the injuries are already mounting up.