In the absence of both our post game analysts, I will try to fill in.
I have ambivalence – happy with a point given our current malaise but disappointed that having equalised we didn’t push on and attack a fragile defence.
How many clear cut chances did we created? Hopw many did we allow? Was it a penalty with the Monreal “handball”?
Perhaps it would be easier to do this by player assessments.
Ospina. Could have done better for the Aguero goal. Beaten with a cross shot. Cech may have saved it but Ospina made some good saves and was secure 6
Bellerin. One of his worst games. Where is the wonderful player of last season? Awful defending for the first goal. Poor passing throughout the game. He made Sane look a good player 4
Mustafi. Fine goal. Good in the middle of the area and made some good passes out of defence. He tried to lead the team after Kos’s substitution 7
Koscielny. Let’s hope his achilles is short-term. Quality player who is let down by his colleagues. 7
Monreal. Very good going forward and consistently gave Sanchez an outlet. Some decent crosses and stopped attacks down the right.. 8
Xhaka. Another yellow thanks to a dive fro a MC cheat. Combatative and won the midfield battle in the second half. 6
Coquelin. His best game for some time against a strong MC midfield. 7
Ozil. I expect more. He is world class and today had a chance to influence the game. He didn’t. Appears to to lacking in confidence 5
Sanchez. Busy, as ever. City always double teamed him and reduced his effectiveness. 6
Welbeck. Anonymous. Worked hard but didn’t get any service. 5
Walcott. Scored. Unhappy to be subbed which is not an issue. Worked hard but was a bit of a passenger. Extra point for the goal. 6
Gabriel. A good half and one must wonder why he isn’t starting. 7
Giroud. Hardly touched the ball and didn’t receive a single cross. 5
Iwobi. We had more impetus when he came on. Could have scored. 7
Team: As a whole it was obvious the team lacked confidence. They worked hard but lacked the lovely intricate pass and move of earlier in the season. It was a workmanlike performance. Once again our defence looked porous.
I was concerned (as were others) about spirit of the team, they seemed very fragmented and this raises concerns about the common good. Walcott’s petulance, the lack of excitement when Walcott scored but perhaps they just don’t like Theo!
Overall, a point against City was acceptable given the circumstances but if we were to achieve Top 4 a win was essential, and it is worrying that the team did not push on after Mustafi’s goal, if anything City looked more likely to take the 3 points.
written by Big Raddy