Norwich FC 1-0 Arsenal FC : It was like watching the sun for 90 mins.Posted: October 20, 2012
I swear at the end of this blog post I felt I completely wasted my time. It was like watching a guy slip on a wet floor for one hour.
Sub-standard is probably the best word I can sum up for Arsenal in the first half. Arsenal fans will say that the goal conceded was lucky. Well, everybody says that for goals conceded in such a manner.
They do have a point. Mannone cannot be fully blamed for the goal, because it was a difficult ball to catch. May be he could have prevented such a hard rebound. Should the defense be put bestowed with all the criticism ? No, in my opinion.
What pissed me off about the performance in the first half was the stench of arrogance, and over confidence that eminated from this Arsenal side. Arsenal in England, on the field are probably the kings of possession. Even in this match, if possession counted at all, an equivalent score should be 20-0. But possession never counts, and it never will.
In match action was like a pendulum. Arteta to Jenkinson, back to Arteta. Arteta to Cazorla etc, etc, etc. I don’t remember one chance in the first half. Well, I guess there was one if one counts Giroud shot which was blocked by Ruddy. That too was offside. Lets see what else. I think it was the 3rd or 4th min when Podolski flashed a shot beside Ruddy’s left hand post, or was it right hand. Doesn’t really matter does it ?
The second half was more of the same uptil the 52nd min. Then there was one minute gap, and from 54 we had more of the same. I think the entire Arsenal team woke up late today after a late night of drinking. Chamberlain also came on and went off in the middle.
With 10 mins to go, Wenger brought on Gnabry for Jenkinson. Please don’t mind, but I have to write events like this because in terms of match-play there was nothing. In added time, Wenger played a master-stroke when he put Mertersacker to partner Giroud, and slotted Arteta as CB.