What do we learn from the first defeat?

  • We have to look for a Centre-back in the January transfer window. Senderos is not the old Senderos of 2005-06. He is committing more errors and his judgement is under question. He is not a replacement for Toure during the ANC in January 08.
  • To me, Bendtner & to some extent Eboue were the only players who looked comfortable against the rejuvenated Sevilla side. Against a team which plays similar football, 4-4-2 is the way to go especially if you are playing a under-strength team. Hleb is the key in the 4-4-1-1 and we do not have a replacement for him yet.
  • We should not argue that this was an under-strength team. A defeat is a defeat and we should try to look for solutions. We had Rosicky, Sagna and Walcott towards the end and there was not much contribution from them.
  • What was Gilberto and Senderos doing committing so many mistakes. If this is their level of application then we seriously will have problems if there are going to be injuries to key players at a later stage.
  • I have not seen so many mis-passes and giving away possession to easily to the opposition. The Sevilla players were easily winning the loose balls and able to put together a string of quick passes.
  • Eduardo looked good at times, especially in scoring the goal keeping Alves at bay. Alves was getting frustrated but Traore was missing on that flank to help him out. But Alves and Navas combined beautifully on the right flank.
  • Justin Hoyte was looking like a fish out of water. He was not sure of what he was doing most of the times and he should have combined with Eboue more often. Eboue was causing some dis-comfort to their left back and central defenders and this should have been exploited more.
  • I still think Denilson needs to do much more to be replacing Fabregas at a later stage. He is very defensive minded. He still needs some more breeding time in the carling cup.
  • Fabregas had a rare off day. He was not even getting the ball and was substituted on a reportedhamstring problem. I can only hope that this is a minor thing and he is fit for the next match.
  • Eboue might have been denied a penalty but Sevilla could have scored atleast a couple more. Kanoute was not wearing his shooting boots.
  • Arsenal lost a game. So what I am sure this team can bounce back from this disappointment. After all this was an inconsequential match.

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