Sad start for a mediocre team : Southampton 1-1 ArsenalPosted: January 2, 2013
l don’t understand the logic behind playing Podolski along with Walcott. Walcott can finish with his leg but he never uses his head. Wenger opted for a 4-4-1-1. Cazorla just behind Walcott.
The first goal which Arsenal conceded in my opinion should be analysed. Players should understand their mistakes. And the only way they can do that is if they and understand analyse what went wrong. It started off with Podolski, loosing the ball.
l had look at that goal again. Podolski had no one to give the ball to – Gibbs and Arteta were stationery in their positions. The German hesitated and lost the ball. It was 3 against 2 and although Sagna did well to intercept the ball his clearance was shambolic as an incoming Ramirez lashed an instep beyond Szczesny.
The equaliser was hysterical. Southampton were playing well uptil the free kick. Walcott lashed the ball in Boruc’s D as it was toed it in by Prado. Southampton shocked and so was I.
Arsenal were lucky.
The second half was far more interesting. Southampton looked threatening for the first 15 mins. In response Wenger chose to replace Podolski with Giroud changing the formation into the more familiar 4-3-3.
Ramirez had a disallowed goal late into the game. It was a ‘fair.’ The linesman flagged off-side but it was actually a foul because of a push on Koscielny.
Cazorla was taken off in the 74th min ~ l don’t know what Wengers excuse will be but I hope he refrains from saying “fatigue.” Arsenal looked less of a threat as the half bore on. And when Gervinho was brought on (same time as Cazorla was replaced) I lost all hope.
2 goals from Southampton and a point for Arsenal.
2013 has to get better…