Man Utd 1 – 0 Arsenal: We did it again!!

December 14, 2010

We did it again. We bottled up big time and have gifted them an easy win.

Highlights of our game were sloppy passing, poor clearances, no possession, poor final balls, bad defending as a team and no control over the midfield. We allowed Manu to take control of the match. For us no one took the responsibility to lead as every one was giving away the ball as if they will score an own goal.

The first half especially was very poor. We improved somewhat in the second half as there were some good moments. The problem was they were far too less and United never really panicked. They were tearing us part on the counter with Rooney single handedly controlling the midfield and Nani the wings for Manu.

United got the opening goal when Rooney picked up Nani on the wing. He coolly drifted into out danger area, picked a pass and Park put it into the far corner with Szczesny trying his best to stop it. Our whole team was ball watching as they realized pretty late that Park was challenging for the ball unmarked.  Apart from that Rooney missed a penalty and Szczesny made some brilliant saves from Anderson and Rooney, to keep us in the game, when our defence was  sleeping.

For us, we had only one decent shot on goal that really tested Van Der Saar. Nasri was the shot taker and on the rebound Chamakh had a difficult chance to equalize but the ball was deflected for a corner by Vidic. Other than that we never really threatened united.

I will leave the ref out of this although he was also very poor and not consistent.

For us only Szczesny was the outstanding player as his saves allowed us to stay in the game till the final minute. No one else really did much out there.

I won’t go into the analysis of the game as it was a very poor performance from us. I don’t know what was wrong but it seemed that the players did not come out with a free mind. None of our better players were brought into game often and none seemed to take the initiative to make things happen for us. Had we played better for only half an hour we could have put Man Utd on the back foot. The dissapointing thing was United didn’t play that good, it was us not playing that allowed them to dictate the game.

Final word is if we keep up showing like this when it matters, then I feel things won’t be in our hands in the end. Still, all is not lost. Although we do need some quick measures to solve the problems that we have been ignoring for quite some time now. Or else we will always be dissapointed.

Gibbs out for three weeks, Clichy and Djourou will be available and Fabregas’ inclusion will be decided late

December 10, 2010

With qualification into Champions League knockout stages confirmed, all attention now is shifted towards the Man Utd fixture. A match whose result won’t decide the title but may shed light on what to expect in the coming weeks.

At the moment we have got some mixed injury news ahead of it. Fabregas, who is recovering from his hamstring injury, is still uncertain to start on Monday. The final decision for his inclusion in the squad will be decided very late.

“We could have Cesc Fabregas [back]. But there is a big uncertainty if he can be in the squad or not. That will be decided very late.”

With Fabregas saying himself that he won’t risk his hamstring so I don’t see him featuring in the match if he isn’t 100 percent fit. A recurrence of his injury now will make him also miss the Chelsea match at the end of this month.

Gibbs: Out for three weeks

From last night’s match we have only lost Gibbs due to his ankle injury. The latest on him is that it will be three weeks before he can return.

 “We have lost Kieran Gibbs from Wednesday night but he should be the only one. We think today that he will be out for three weeks.”

Wenger is very disappointed with the injury, which was an accident, and hoped it doesn’t affect Gibbs and makes him feel that he is injured. lately he has been going in and out from the squad due to injuries. He further added that there isn’t major damage to his ankle but it will take time to recover.

“I am very disappointed [about it]. I hope it will not put in his mind that he is an injured player. It was just an accident and you cannot do anything about it. Time will help him get over that and it is not major damage in his ankle.”

In good news we will have Djourou available for Monday. He missed last night’s match due to a minor thigh problem. Clichy will also return after his rest. Wenger hopes that he will progress well to be fit for Monday night.

“We could have Johan Djourou available for Monday night. He should be fine. We should have [Gael] back [for Monday]. He was in today. He was very weak still but we hope he will progress well.”

Thoughts from the Shakhtar game: Not the end of the world

November 5, 2010

It was supposed to be a difficult game but we made it really hard for ourselves. We hardly ever shifted into top gear and let them control the match. By the time we realized the game was getting away it was too late.

The game

There isn’t much to talk about as we failed to impose our control over the match. We made it hard for ourselves as we gave away possession needlessly and left them to attack us at will. They were quick, accurate and confident in their build up as they took the game away from us despite going a goal down. We never really got our passing going and made a lot of errors. Read the rest of this entry »