We all expected Arsenal to beat the non-League side Sutton United last night, but it was hardly a walkover as the hosts gave as good as they got and made Arsenal fight for every ball. Even Arsene Wenger was impressed and said his team had to be at their best to win a quarter-final place against another non-League side, Lincoln.
After two League defeats in a row, Arsenal had a fight on their hands against an improved Hull City to turn their fortunes around. The Tigers were extremely well-drilled by Marco Silva and were dour in defence and inventive going forward.
Hull City manager Marco Silva insists that the scoreline in 2-0 defeat to Arsenal was unjust, and admittedly he has some reasons to feel hard done-by.
After giving my best ever ratings for the win against Southampton, I am very sad to have to post one of the worst for this abysmal home defeat to Watford. One thing should be said… this was a completely different side than the one that beat the Saints. This one was supposed to be Wenger’s best XI!
Arsenal had won their last 9 games against Watford at home up until last season when the Hornets arrived for an FA Cup match (a competition that we hadn’t lost a game in for 3 seasons) but we let our North London neighbours bully our stars off the ball and surprisingly lost the game 2-1 after going 2-0 down.
On form, talent and squad strength, there was absolutely no way that anyone could have predicted that Arsenal would have suffered there first home defeat to Watford since 1988, but somehow Arsenal always manage to do this once or twice a season, and almost always when it is in a must-win game.
Why Oh Why! Why didn’t Arsenal play the same team that destroyed Southampton on Saturday, as our so-called rested first team were absolutely awful in the first half. Why do we always go into games against so-called lower level teams thinking that we only have to turn up?
Arsenal gave Southampton a masterclass lesson at St Mary’s yesterday, and considering that a lot of our players were regarded as fringe players or returning crocks only makes it even more impressive. But how did you rate the individual performances?
David Ospina 8
Didn’t have much to do but did it well….