Arsenal 1 Sheffield United 1
Same old, same old!
We drop points again to a team with nothing more than Effort, Commitment and Organisation.
That’s it folks. No amount of team or individual player analysis will, in my opinion, move the debate on, or make me feel more content.
So I have a question for AA’ers around the World ( and my attempt at an answer)
Question :- Why can’t we hold on to a 1-0 lead?
In order to give my answer I am going to use the best proponents of this currently around ie Liverpool FC.
My answer will not include an explanation of why we can’t score TWO goals by the way, just why we can’t hold onto one.
Once we are 1-0 up we know, sooner or later we will drop back ( too far) or, be hit on the break. Let’s start with dropping back as an eleven. The reason I believe we can’t defend for long periods like this – compared to Liverpool – is we have no-one, with the exception of Torreira( my MOM today) who can make a high percentage challenge, in midfield, to hold up, to tackle to stop the advance. Liverpool, professionally have three + who can stop these midfield advances.
Then there is the fast break ………… In that circumstance, Liverpool have VVD and Gomez who can take the ball out of the air, control the ball, pass it off safely. And that even applies to the fullbacks although they don’t really need to and can concentrate on attacking!!
How do we fair in this circumstance? Absolutely useless is my assessment. Daviid you say…..well how many times as last man, has he been ridiculously reckless since he came to us? Mustafi and Sokratis….well, no comment!! If you disagree, my question is would you feel confident with either of them in a one on one against even an averagely good centre forward?
Additionally we had two players today who ARE NOT FULLBACKS.
So in conclusion, Mikel, I feel you are on a loser, unless you can get some large, strong, quick midfielders and defenders in ………… or show us how to score two (or preferably three or four goals).
Sorry very down.