Well, that didn’t go well did it ……..but there were some positives, we created some clear cut chances and kept a clean sheet.
Here’s a small report from RC78
Just saw the game now (delayed 😦 ) and I think that it’s just down to Laca and Auba appalling misses in the first half that we did not win this game.
I am a big fan of both so I would not drop them even if Laca’s form is becoming a worry. I would, however, not hesitate to drop Ozil to make place for Martinelli and Pepe. I think Ozil is a wonderful player but he has not been able to make things happen for us despite all his talent and good intentions.
Guendouzi had a good game overall but can indeed simplify his game. Mustafi had a decent game too but I thought that Luiz kindda went missing in the second half.
Leno needs to improve both in the air and in his distribution.
As some of you have mentioned, we would have lost this game with Emery in charge but would we have won it if Mourinho or Ancellotti had come instead of Arteta?
Arteta is bringing more shape and intensity to our team but the results are still not there. If Tottenham finishes in the top 4, I don’t know what I will do…but for sure, I will be annoyed for a long time.
So I will look at the glass half-full based on the fact that we did not concede a goal, that we had a good first 20 mins and that we did create some clear cut chances. Also, Torreira played a bit so let us continue to be positive and let us hope that victories will bless our team soon.
And some Player Ratings from RockyLives
Leno 6….. Distribution could be better.
Bellerin 6….. Should have passed instead of shooting late on.
Luiz 6 ….. Not as dominant as he has been.
Mustafi 7 ….. Mystifyingly solid.
Xhaka 7 ….. Did well until switched to LB and did OK after.
Guendouzi 5 ….. Dwelt on the ball too long and seemed less focused than his last outing.
Ozil 4 ….. Needs to bring more.
Aubameyang 5 ….. Got into some good goal scoring positions but we need him to finish.
Martinelli 6 ….. Plenty of effort but not able to impact the game as much as we’d have liked.
Lacazette 5 ….. Still struggling.
Torreira 7 ….. Did fine.
Willock 6 ….. An improvement on Ozil.
Nketieh N/A ….. Not long enough to make a difference.
Arteta 6 ….. Clean sheet but his team selection can be questioned.