What we want is a decent 90 minutes performance. There is no point in playing a damn good second half when you can’t play a half decent first half. The opposition will drive home the advantage in that first 45 minutes to such an extent that, no matter how well you perform later, the result will not fetch you any point.
For the second premier league game of the season, Arsenal had a horrible first half and then a much better second half. The first half at Stamford Bridge was probably too good to be true for Rafa Benitez who was having a torrid time of his own at home. He could not have believed his eyes of the very poor organisation and structure that Arsenal played. The three classy players of Chelsea – Mata, Oscar and Hazard ripped Arsenal apart and made the Gunners look like a championship side. It was pathetic from all the XI players who wore red and white.
The first chance of the game fell to Giroud. And it is a different matter to think what would have happened if that had gone in. Butit was not to be and Chelsea punished us for that. Sometimes I feel Giroud is very clumsy with his finishes. He needs atleast 10 shots to score a goal on an average. And these missed chances pile up to such an effect that he will score 2 in the space of 5 minutes against Newcastle. I think we need a striker who is more consistent with his finish. And Giroud or for that matter Walcott is not the answer. I wonder if Podolski needs to be tried at that position if Wenger doesn’t buy anyone this Jan.
We could all see the frustration among the players. Just before we conceded the second goal, Diaby was looking pissed and was seen pointing at Walcott for moving to the flank where he could make a pass instead of moving to the centre. Just after that, he lost possession to Ramires and the rest is history. 2-0. Wilshere was seen asking everyone to press further at the Chelsea players. I wonder if anyone was paying heed because there was no pressing and pressure in the first half. It was probably the worst performance that Arsenal played in this season of the league. Completely outplayed by the blues.
The second half started very well and it seems the team talk at the break worked. Like I was discussing with a friend of mine, if we had applied more pressure in the first 15-20 minutes of that second half, we would have scored 2 goals and taken the match to a different outcome. But that didn’t happen and we lost. It was a good opportunity to beat Chelsea I thought and we lost it.
Diaby looked a bit slow and his chasing back was lacking that speed which is required. Wilshere really needs to have a good season before we claim that he is world-class. I know that he is a very good player, but he needs to do that Swansea performance every match. Walcott scored, but otherwise he was not all that productive. But I think we need a striker most important. Last word on Arshavin, I feel really sad for one of the most talented players in world football getting wasted like this. He could have been a superstar but I think he chose not to.