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After the final whistle confirming that we had won our 1st game of the season for the first time in 5 years, all so called Sky pundits and commentators wanted to talk about was how unlucky Crystal Palace were to lose after playing so brilliantly.
How can a team be unlucky to lose a game when they only had 22% possession of the ball and in those rare occasions Crystal Palace Players had the ball they could only master 58% passing accuracy with it, only 5 of them being in our half?
To put those stats in prospective Arsenal had 78% of the ball with 88% passing accuracy, 24 of them being in their half. If you add the 14 to 4 attempts in our favour to above stats, it makes critics assessments even more ridiculous.
Now, I have no problem with inferior teams coming to Emirates and parking 2 double decker busses to get a result but I find it hilarious when so called experts start talking about hard luck stories when the result do not go their way.
Not by the stretch of anybody’s imagination were we at our best but the approach of Palace to this game was so badly one dimensional, they got what they deserved – BIG NOTGHING!
It was a very bad clearance by Szczesny that led to their corner kick which resulted in Hangeland flicking the ball to our net after beating Koscielny to the ball. That gave Crystal Palace the most unlikely lead after 35 minutes.
Going down 1-0 against a team whose only interest was to play to ruin the game with constant niggly fouling and time wasting from almost the start to get a result was the worst case scenario.
Scoring a goal before half time was at a premium importance and that’s exactly what we did. Koscielny made amends and kind of took revenge on Hangeland by somehow escaping Norwegian’s attention to head in a brilliantly whipped free kick by our latest star Alexis in the injury time of the first half.
Second half was almost carbon copy of the first; one team trying to score a goal or two to win the game without being at their best, the other team trying to stop this from happening by doing everything that a football purist would not like to see on a football pitch, in a such as prestigious league as Premiership.
Many of our players were off colour; Wilshere needs to recover the real Wilshere again, as quickly as possible, otherwise he will hardly play in the first 11 once our World Cup winners are back. I have never seen Cazorla playing this many bad passes before and the less said about Sanogo the better, he is definitely not ready!
The performances from Chambers and Debuchy were very encouraging once again and Alexis is just oozes class. What he is got is that ingredient of working so hard for the team which is essential part of the modern game. I really like that!
I thought Monreal, Giroud and Ox did very well when they came on for Gibbs, Sonogo and Wilshere. Ramsey didn’t have one of his better games but still worked very hard AND vitally scored the winner in the 92nd minute.
It gives me great pleasure when some of the media pundits start picking on Arsenal that normally means we are a big threat to the rest of the Division.
Team line up and players’ ratings: (Ratings are in percentage of the players’ individual capabilities)
Arsenal: Szczesny 57, Debuchy 73, Koscielny 75, Chambers 70, Gibbs 63, Arteta 59, Wilshere 52, Ramsey 64, Alexis 77 (MOTM), Cazorla 53, Sanogo 43
Subs: Martinez, Monreal 72, Coquelin, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain 66, Campbell, Giroud 64
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