Unai Emery was defiant in the face of criticism after the Gunners were humbled by BATE in Belarus against a team that hadn’t played competitively for two months. The Spaniard yet again left Ozil out completely and he defended his team selection after the game. “Last week we won and we played with the same players,” he said. “For me today there was no difference to the performance. We deserved to win but didn’t get the result.”
There is no getting away from the fact that Arsenal were dire against the Belarus Champions BATE on Thursday night and only managed three shots on target in the whole 90 minutes, although we did get the ball in the back of the net once. Petr Cech thinks it was just one of those nights. “We didn’t take our chances.” he told Arsenal.com. “I think that in the first half we played well and created enough chances to go ahead in the game, but unfortunately we didn’t take our chances and we conceded in the last minute of the half, which obviously gives them a lot of confidence and belief.
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.