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That is what I wrote in the match preview, I couldn’t have been more wrong if I tried. Well that is not strictly true. We are creatures of habit and the team have decided to ignore what worked so well for the other players at Southampton and instead revert back to sleep walking through the first 45 minutes

As Alexis turned to his left to play the ball to his left, I am glad it was Mustafi in Monreal’s position instead of the left back because more than likely we would have had a cross into the box headed out before the final whistle. Instead Mustafi decided against using his left foot and played it back to Alexis who arched a dinked ball to the far post, to be fair it was a very good ball given just how many Burnley shirts where in the way and Mee booted an offside Koscielny in the face. Penalty!

We were not able to create many scoring opportunities during that first half until an Arsenal counter attack on 37 minutes. Xhaka intercepted Nathan Dyer’s pass and then some neat combination play down the field resulted in Ramsey sliding the ball across to Giroud at the far post but the Frenchman could not quite get a connection. Is it me or does that happen quite a lot to ‘ol Ollie? I can never work out if the crosses aren’t good enough or if Giroud just isn’t quick enough to turn them in. If he starts to score those, he’ll be scoring 30 a season at this rate

A wonderful counter attacking move started by a Lucas interception inside our half. Bellerin to Giroud who produced a lovely flick to Xhaka, who passed it on to Iwobi on the left who in turn guided the ball onto Alexis down the left flank. Giroud had a bit of ground to make up and he motored up the pitch, head up, chest puffed forward and when Alexis switched back onto his right and delivered his cross Giroud had seemingly taken a step too far but instincts took over and his in the air flick saw the ball thud off the underside of the bar and into the goal for Oliver Giroud’s best Arsenal goal

Unfortunately we lacked the sharpness of our spanking of Chelsea or a few other high tempo home games we’ve played in this season. It’s difficult to put your finger on why this is but I wonder if rotation played it’s part a little. I mean you cannot really win can you? You play your players too much and tiredness can be used as an excuse or you bring in too many fresh faces at once and perhaps those players are not ready to play with the same intensity, sharpness and fluidity of a team that perhaps has played 2-3 games of football in a row

Time is ticking down, our mix and match team were looking a little tired in the second half as Arsene alluded to post match and dropped points were looking likely until a wonderful sequence of events. Mesut Ozil should be thanking Oliver Giroud as well as Mohamed Elneny for the assist as the big Frenchman showed some real battling qualities to sprint back and launch himself at the Ludogorets player who would have been the clear favourite to move the ball onto his team mate but Giroud showed the kind of fight we all appreciate from Alexis Sanchez. Giroud appeared out of nowhere to dispossess the player and Elneny took over. Spotting Ozil’s run which unfortunately I haven’t been able to see in it’s entirety because of the camera position. The Ludogorets keeper came racing out to meet the ball and Ozil

We lacked Santi Cazorla's creative passing from deep without question but I'm not entirely sure that was the main reason for our flat performance. I thought we got the ball into our front players in decent positions many times over the course of the 90 minutes, the problem was that our attacking players were just off the pace on the day. Alex Iwobi was pretty decent in the first half, probing and finding spaces in the pockets between midfield and defence as he does so well, but his teammates were off their game. Mesut Ozil who had struck a hat-trick a few days earlier was not at his best and neither was our main scoring outlet from the right Theo Walcott

  • 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