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Just after half time Giroud nodded us ahead after yet another Mesut Özil assist from the corner kick. Crazily enough it was Özil's first set piece assist of the season. This is because Santi Cazorla has been taking most of the dead balls. I remember when Cesc Fabregas was getting all kinds of praise for his assist numbers at this stage last season, most of those were from set pieces, you would imagine that Özil would have even more to his name if he was number one taker of set pieces

Everton had been strong on the break this season and it was a counter attack that presented the visitors with the equaliser. Oxlade-Chamberlain's shot was blocked just outside the Everton box. Deulofeu burst forward and found Barkley in space, it looked as if Gabriel and Ox had him covered until he wriggled past Ox and hit a left footed shot which deflected off the boot of the Brazilian and wrong footed Cech in the Arsenal goal. It was from a similar range to where

I need to watch it again to work out exactly when this happened but about half way through the half until half time we cut Bayern in ribbons on the break with great passing between the lines from Cazorla and the speed of Alexis and Walcott. We really had the chance to Manchester United them the way we did the red devils only a few weeks ago but a combination of Manuel Neuer and powder puff Theo Walcott finishing meant we could not get the needed goals. That Theo header? Not his strength but you gotta be putting that away fella, hopefully some work on the training ground and a few Ian Wright videos (do they still do videos?) and he will get there.

On the first goal Coquelin robbed Memphis Depay outside of their penalty box just as they had won the ball back. Ramsey's part in the goal is somewhat understated I feel but it was the Alexis improvisation that really stood out. Only Alexis would have taken that cross like that in our squad. After a slow start to the season he is well and truly back and wow he makes a huge difference to our attack. Alexis Sanchez got a taste for it, and it was his flick from Santi's pass to Özil that was the beginning of the second goal only minutes later. Walcott zoomed inside the box, cut inside and picked out Mesut Özil for a cool side foot past the rooted de Gea. A few weeks ago Walcott would have snatched at that when he had cut inside but these weeks he is showing composure and making the best decisions for the team

A lot of the post match talking points have been about Arsène's decision to play David Ospina ahead of Petr Cech, a lot of people deciding not to take Arsène's word for it that Cech has been dealing with injury. I am not sure what that is based on. Arsène has never rotated keepers between the league and the Champions League before in his entire time at Arsenal. Especially with his established keepers. I find it difficult to believe he was giving David Ospina a go in such an important game just because he his desperate for him to play. I don't buy it. If that is the case and Petr Cech doesn't have any injury concerns whatsoever then he would deserve the finger being pointed in his direction

I continuously bang on about small margins in top flight games and it could have been very different at 1-0 down when Vardy hit the post with a header, only for us to scamper down the other end of the pitch and equalise. 2-0 down away from home with the crowd buzzing would have been tough to come back from but instead Theo Walcott's left foot finish rolled into the corner of the net. Had he missed that chance

Before that Calum Chambers was unlucky to put the ball into his own net from a Chadli cross. I thought Chambers had his best game for a while. I was a little concerned about his suitability with Mertesacker but both performed fairly well and we did not give away too many chances. Mathieu Debuchy at right back wasn't quite so good and looks short of his real level but staying

  • 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