Convincing going forward but exposed defensively. Another 3 points with some joy and some worries :-)

Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli – our three goal scorers and to make things better, Laca assisted both Saka and Martinelli so…our 4 attacking players created chances and goals and worked well together as we beat a lowly-placed but exciting Watford team today.

Our goals were well crafted too and we could have added at least one or two more. Arteta even helping on the third goal by supplying the throw0in ball to Saka.

Defensively, we were below par today as a unit mostly. We did not cover or recover as well as we did in other games and we gave away two goals, one which was an absolute stunner and a second one that could have been avoided. The worry was that Watford created chances easily on the break…

Saka had a MOTM performance today, with a goal and an assist and an amazing work rate. What a gem!

Odegaard and Laca also worked hard. Partey-Xhaka were below par and Soares and Tierney were exposed. As for Ramsdale-White,Gabs – they had better performances.

3 points in the bag and a chance to land a Top 4 spot looming ahead. Keep focused, keep your shape and keep scoring.

COYG!

7 Responses to Convincing going forward but exposed defensively. Another 3 points with some joy and some worries :-)

  1. LB says:

    You captured it all again RC. I agree, the defence is a bit worrying. I think it started at the beginning of the Wolves game; they almost scored early on which created a tangible sense of nervousness right the way across the back line taking only moments later for Gabriel to mess a back pass up which, as we know, led to their goal.

    I thought the same nervousness continued today, I can’t quite put my finger on it, perhaps it is just a case of getting Tomiasu back, not sure, although I feel certain that we would have lost today against, not even a good team but an average team such was some of the lackadaisical defending.

    Still, the attack continues to go from strength to strength and if we continue to score more than the opposition then all should end up well.

    Thought Partey had a reasonable game today, didn’t give the ball away as gratuitously as he has in the not so distant past, his shooting, of course, remains dire. Xhaka was pretty average, not bad but the need for an upgrade and how much that would improve this team is screamingly obvious.

  2. fred1266 says:

    Think xhaka made a bad pass for the second, I sure if you give sissoko that shot a100 more times he not scoring

  3. Las says:

    Thanks RC! Spot on as always!
    Don’t we want to much? A perfect team from every aspects? 🙂
    There are always bumps on the road no smooth sailing in the PL. Both Wolwes and Watford are strong sides so it is not a surprise that we have to suffer for the wins.
    And in the PL you know, anything is poosible even Sp.rs can beat Citeh on their they. (Shame)
    I think the front 4 were all excellent and the whole team was OKish, though Xhaka rocked the boat as we conceided the second because of his carelessness. We need an upgrade in his position sooner is better.
    I think now we have a bit in between our teeth regarding the fourth place. We have to hang on.
    COYG

  4. Gilly says:

    Ramsdale made serious mistakes and we were only lucky. He gave the ball directly to opponents twice and we were only lucky not to concede from those two.

  5. LB says:

    Back to serious things: can someone tell me why the fook we were wearing red shorts?

  6. fred1266 says:

    LB you believe I watching the game and keep saying something looking weird with the kit lol only now realise what it was lol

  7. fred1266 says:

    When lacazette came off, Tierney was given captain armband

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