Top of the League. 50 points, 19 games…
Two convincing, gritty and well-earned wins against Tottenham and then Man Utd. We can smile at the first half of the season and look at the second half with a bit of optimism. Of course, Man City have a deeper (better?) squad that is used to winning the EPL and they have a freak goal-scorer (Haaland – what a player!) but we are more than giving them a run for their money and now they have to catch us….
So against Utd, the positives:
- Zinchenko, Xhaka, Ode, Saka and Nketiah. What a difference does Zinchenko make to our team? A clever player. Xhaka is like a new player, providing assists, pressing high and not indulging in silly defending…Ode, even when not at his best, is aggressive defensively and decisive offensively. Saka hit another level this season and Nketiah has provided more than adequate cover for G.Jesus;
- The fans and Arteta’s fire.
So against Utd, the less positives:
- Ramsey’s shakiness against Utd was a bit scary;
- White and Tomyasu really struggled against Rashford and Tomyasu also at fault on Utd’s equalizer. We are looking at Fresneda, a young right back…
- Partey – at fault on first goal and then did not reassure throughout the game
- Saliba and Gabriel need to also cover Ramsdale better. A wake up call.
- Martinelli, off day at the office.
Ramsdale – 4.5
White/Tomy – 3.5
Saliba-Gabs – 5.5
Zinchenko – 8
Partey – 5.5
Xhaka – 7.5
Ode – 7.5
Saka – 8.5
Nketiah – 8.5
Martinelli – 6
Was a nice game to start for Trossard. COYG! Keep going strong.