Yet again Arsenal made hard work of winning and conceded another two goals, making 8 in our first 4 games. That is not acceptable, but at least we scored more than Cardiff today and took the 3 points to put us back in the top half of the table despite losing our first two games.
But it was also bvious that the team has still not got to grips with how to play Emeryball like the cach wants them to. The point was made by the star of Arsenal’s performance today, Alexandre Lacazette, who helped set up Aubameyang and scored the winner himself. He said after the game: “I wanted to start well and prove to the coach that I could be in the first XI,”
“I started for the first time this season, so I was happy. Even if we made some mistakes, I think it was a good game.
“He [Emery] wants us to keep the ball and possession. Today we made a lot of mistakes, even though he told us before to be careful. If we listen to what we asks us, then we can do a lot.”
The fact is that the team made a lot of mistakes, especially in defence, but Lacca himself was very impressive up front and may have given Emery food for thought about who his main striker should be.
But Lacca definitely has a good understanding with Auba and he explained that their bromance is helping their relationship on the pitch. Lacca said: “When you’re friends off the pitch, it’s easier for you to play well together on it,”
“We work a lot in training, every day we work together and with the other players as well. Today it was good because I could assist his goal and it was a good finish from him.
“We work every day and it’s not only with Auba, it’s with Aaron as well.”
Hopefully Lacca is working with everyone! But it would appear that the forwards are not the problem in these new tactics, it is the defence. We have a string of easy games ahead to perfect our game before we meet any more of the big boys so we can only hope that the back line finally click as a clean sheet would be very nice one day!
Get the defence sorted Emery, but in the meantime the strikers will just have to keep scoring more than our opponents!