Well, the game has ended and too bad we lost. I am sad that we lost but I don’t share the sentiment of many that we are doomed and condemned to another inglorious season.
I am certain there’s no way we would have a repetition of the immediate past season. It was our worst under Arsene. Yes we struggled to cope with the frenetic pace of City, tell me how many teams in the league wouldn’t? The only ones that look capable have spent tons of money to play catch and still don’t look close enough. Some are already certain Emery could never beat Pep but how far from reality they are. City played some of the best football the premiership ever witnessed on their way to the title last season while we had our worst. So, it’s natural they were the sleeker side on the day while we struggled in transition?
Does this mean our season is doomed!? NO! Our laboured defending and flailing in attack showed that we are work in progress. We will be a different proposition within a month no doubt. Any fan that thought we were simply going to overrun City must have been living in the fantasy world. It will take a few weeks but surely the players will catch up with the hardwork Emery has been trying to impact on them.
Its not easy watching ones team lose but there were many positives in the game to a discerning eye. And the result could have been different had Ozil and Xhaka come up with their A game. All through Ozil exhibited the lethargic form he exhibited in Russia while Mkhitarayan just ran around aimlessly when he did tried to contribute. We’ve played one of our hardest game of the season and lost so there’s now time to restrategise.
We should not forget that even the high flying Pep ended his first season empty handed but look where he is now. Who says Emery if he can’t achieve same level come close to him?
If all else fails to cheer you up this morning, take a look at mickydidit’s view of the game. See. not so bad after all! (ed)
Cech – made a couple of decent stops and had one howler which could have been of epic proportions ….. 6
Bellerin – a little flaky but had a rasping drive which unfortunately went straight down the keeper’s throat ….. 6
Mustafi – chasing his tail at times trying to keep pace with City’s movement, but didn’t disgrace himself ….. 6
Sokratis – the look on his face after his foul on Aguero for the booking, was classic ….. 6
Maitland-Niles (Lichtsteiner) – Ainsley’s coming into contact with the lardy Walker was always going to end in tears. Lichtsteiner stepped in on the left and added a real sense of urgency and purpose – I like him already ….. 6 (7)
Xhaka – Still looked to be searching for full fitness, so the game bypassed him somewhat ….. 5
Guendouzi – once he got over his early ‘what the hell am I doing playing at this level’ nerves he was fine and didn’t look out of place at all. Could have done more to stop Sterling for the first, maybe ….. 7
Ramsey – I still haven’t got much of an idea as to where Aaron was playing yesterday ….. 5
Ozil ….. a fairly anonymous performance by his own high standards ….. 6
Mkhitaryan – looked a little slow of foot and thought against City’s rattatttat style. Not his best performance in red and white ….. 5
Aubameyang – Not really given much to chew on the whole game ….. 6
Lacazette – if Alexandre had scored that golden chance on 55 minutes with the score at 0-1, I’m sure it would have been game on. Wasn’t to be though ….. 7
Mickydidit’s view of an azure blue sea …. 10
Written by Akinzo