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 Before the game even the most positive of Gooners would have settled for a point. Given our form, morale and injuries, it was less a question of 'if', but of 'how many' Its a great point. We fought hard and fully deserved that draw. With a little more luck or a moment of madness it could have gone either way. But I am happy we could keep a side of City's quality relatively quiet in the second half. Of course we would have loved to see that Podolski effort go in and get all 3.

Lack of change, really. After news of crisis talks and players being dropped I thought we'd see a rejuvenated side - much like that of Swansea (A) last season - which really was the turning point of that season. You can't account for that horrific own goal (unless you were to suggest that a defensive substitution should have been made rather than Sanogo coming on when we had the lead) but you can say we lacked so much up front; Arteta, Gibbs and Giroud were once again abysmal today. I think we clearly lack pace, despite a good start. Swansea was not a real threat and we seemed to control the game, but without enough conviction. And as usual, we were punished on their first shot on goal, with a defensive mistake. Lack of pace, lack of focus. And even if our second half was better, we were too easily pushed on our toes

We had a good opening ten minutes or so against Tottenham but then looked quite shaky, whereas today we were unsteady and lacked any real composure from the get go. There wasn't one standout performer either, everyone was equally poor and the whole setup was a mess. We weren't defensively tight which is how we managed to not concede against Tottenham and we got dispossessed in vulnerable positions

Koscienly and Mertesacker covered so much ground. My favourite defensive moment was Per's back heel stop, I cheered that more than the goal. Vermaelen will be a sad loss come the summer. He proved how lucky we are to have a 3rd choice centre back of his quality. Sagna made a lot of forward runs but wasn't given the ball, which was very frustrating to watch. Fabianski made some great saves and a wonderful reaction swipe to clear the ball off the line after the penalty. His distribution was very ambitious and positive to see, he really tired to drive us forward. Bravo defence.

I was at the Stoke game and my overriding feeling was one of the players not being up for the fight. They bottled challenges and, with the exception of Ox when he came on, didn't try and take the game to Stoke. We looked scared and didn't like the robustness of Stoke's tackles (although, having said that, Stoke were at their thuggish best and were lucky to keep 11 men on the pitch. Scumbags.) The Everton game was a complete change. The player were well up for it from the first whistle and took the game to Everton. The selection of Ox was a great call. He just makes stuff happen, he frightens defenders, forces them into mistakes and even when he plays a stray pass he busts a gut to get back and atone for his error. This effort spurred on the other players,

  • 15 Sep 2015
    So let me stop reminiscing of days gone by and let me focus on our Welsh wonder. Let me start off by saying that I think it is quite obvious that Aaron Ramsey is better in central midfield. His partnership with Mesut Özil, his running from deep and his underrated ball winning ability makes him a ...Read more