We are somewhat away from a top four finish unless things improve dramatically. Our attacking play in the second half was embarrassing.We should have had at least 6 goals but more tippy tappy or terrible shooting.
I can only hope the win might jolt these lads into something resembling last season’s form, but you have to agree as unit we were pretty ordinary against a crap team, and unfortunately not for the first time this season..
When you are 1-0 up against a team that got thrashed 8-0 last week it is a dangerous game to sit back and let the opposition take control. We just can’t seem to put a game to bed. I have said it before,we play as a group of individuals, not the team of fluid passing that we saw for much of last season.Several players seem to have lost confidence and/or out of form.We had options on the bench in Rosicky and Podolski so why not use them.Can Wenger actually motivate these lads? It is a serious question.
Many thought Rosicky would never recover after so many set backs,but he has,so why not use him.Podolski obviously doesn’t feature in Wenger’s plan, yet he alone may have secured us an advance from the group stages. I wonder how he is feeling. Then there is Campbell. He had a good World Cup yet had never played for us.Why not sell him at the optimum time or play him.
I can’t accept that the players were fatigued after making hard work in just about beating a poor Anderlecht team.If we had real squad depth that question wouldn’t be asked. Now with Gibbs injured and Arteta who will get injured time and time again we hardly have the numbers to field a defence. Should a top club be in that position, even allowing for injuries which is nothing new for us.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: “You could feel that we had a lot of the ball and Sunderland were focused on defending very well. They came out with more purpose in the second half but on the break we had many chances. We played away on Wednesday and again today so what was most important was the points. In life you can always improve but what was important for us today was to get the three points and keep a clean sheet.
“Sanchez is not scared to take the ball and go at you anywhere and that is very important. He got two goals but we want more.
“I think Kieran Gibbs has a hip problem. He wanted to go on but he couldn’t. Mikel Arteta got a kick on his thigh but I don’t think it’s bad.
All I will say is that this present squad is like Gruyère 🙂
Sanchez is a wonderful player I just hope he doesn’t get burned out.It is putting a lot of pressure on him and others need to up their game.