There is no denying the fact that Arsenal played embarrassingly badly last night, and our recent form and Emery’s team selections have left most of us scratching our heads, but surely just a 1-0 away defeat in any European competition is such a big hurdle to overcome?
You have to feel sorry for Huddersfield and their new manager Jan Siewert after they played their hearts out to try and get their first win in 12 games. Everyone was aware of Arsenal’s dire away record and the Terriers must have really believed that they could finally get some points against a Gunners side that were missing half their squad through injuries and illness.
It may not have been pretty but Arsenal held on valiantly at Huddersfield to register our first away win in six games, and we are still amazingly in with a chance of reaching our top four target if we continue to ground out wins like that. Unai Emery was not so happy with the performance over the 90 minutes, but still praised the players after the game.
I hear some Arsenal fans say that Unai Emery needs 3 or 4 transfer windows to build his team. On the basis of what I saw at the Etihad I continue to question what it is our manager is trying to build? Earlier this season when he switched to 5 at the back with 2 DMs in front of it, I questioned whether the Spaniard was in fact a negative manager after all.
Manchester City put Arsenal to the sword today, taking no prisoners as they went onto win 3-1 at the Etihad.
The Citizens opened the scoring in the opening minute of the match no thanks to Chickfoot’s (Alex Iwobi) mistake. The Nigerian sloppily gave the ball away to Aymeric Laporte after some early pressure, only for the Frenchman to whip the ball into the middle for Sergio Aguero to slot home.
Arsenal limped to a 2-1 win over Cardiff City tonight in what turned out to be a much tougher match-up than expected.
The visitors came here with little hope of a result, but also with heavy hearts after the recent tragedy surrounding the club. There was plenty of respect shown for the missing (presumed dead) pilot and Cardiff’s recent signing Emiliano Sala.
As usual when we play Man United, we had most of the possession but were let down by our finishing and defending, whereas United had 4 shots on target and score 3 goals! So I’m hardly going to give good ratings except for the star of the show…
With Arsenal’s excellent home record, we had high hopes of stopping Man United’s winning run last night, especially as we started with quite a strong defensive line-up with Sokratis and Koscielny in the middle and Maitland-Niles and Kolasinac on the flanks. But as usual, disaster struck after just twenty minutes when Sokratis landed awkwardly after an aerial dual with Jesse Lingard and was forced off and replaced by Mustafi.