Three wins on the bounce, three clean sheets, yet we never make it easy on ourselves.
I will leave the tactical formation to others to discuss, but to be honest I had hoped that we would be more authoritative from the kick off and despite their recent defeat, that Southampton would pose more of a threat.
In all honesty it was a pretty lack lustre first half as our lads just seemed to have no real intent to press on from the win at The Hawthorns. A couple of half chances and just one from the visitors. Of course three games in a week with an injury plagued squad didn’t help yet, not for the first time this season our best passage of play was in the last fifteen minutes.
No doubt Forster in goal had a marvellous game but one got the feeling that endless high balls into the box or corners were always going to be dealt with quite easily, and so it turned out to be. Though he had little to do, the more I see of Martinez, the more impressive he gets, and perhaps he will be the one to make our Polish keeper be on his toes. Competition even as a keeper, isn’t a bad thing.
I wouldn’t say that anyone had a stand out game, though Flamini not always noticed, had one of his best games this season, and though not fully fit, Koscielny is vital in marshaling our defence but the introduction of Giroud and the persistence of Sanchez finally paid off. Even though The Saints went down to ten men, Wenger got the substitutions right, but it was noticeable that The Ox looked extremely distressed as he walked off.
The reliance on Sanchez to get us out of a hole though great, has to be addressed and hopefully Giroud,Welbeck,Ramsey and The Ox will find the net so as to spread the load more evenly.
I still feel that the boss is experimenting, and that takes time for the team to have more fluidity and pace, especially at the start of a match, but wayward passing is something that seems to have crept into our game.
It is very tight from third to eighth in the table and no doubt the pressure is on to keep the momentum.
All in all a vital three points but yet another stern tests awaits us this weekend