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A goalless draw, away in the Champions League is not a bad result. Given the fact that Besiktas had already beaten Feyenoord in the previous round and were on a high, makes last night’s result even more decent than many critics suggest.
The game itself was a wakeup call for many of us, showing that this Arsenal squad still need improving if we were to challenge for major trophies this season. It also highlighted the problem areas that still need to be addressed.
Firstly, it is worrying that there seem to be no improvement on getting injuries despite the appointment of Shad Forsyt, the newly assigned fitness coach. Maybe it’s too soon to see his impact at that front, let’s hope so but we already have lost Arteta, Gibbs, Sonogo, Gnarby and it’s only 20th August.
I am one of the few who always tried to protect Giroud from wide spread criticism he receives but on yesterday’s performance he deserves what he gets. He just was not good enough. Playing Alexis through the middle is looking more and more tempting especially when we have Ozil and Walcott back. I suppose given the impressive performances by Ox every time he has come on we don’t have to wait for Walcott to be match fit to do that.
Satisfying result but not the performance from the lads last night topped by senseless sending off for Ramsey who had one of those frustrating games. We still could have won the game but for a brilliant save by their GK, from an Ox special right at the death.
Team line up and ratings
Arsenal: Szczesny 72, Debuchy 78, Koscielny 80 (MOTM), Chambers 72, Monreal 75, Arteta 59, Wilshere 70, Ramsey 58, Alexis 74, Cazorla 61, Giroud 45.
Subs: Martinez, Rosicky (90 min) 66, Oxlade-Chamberlain (72 min) 76, Campbell, Rosicky, Miquel. Flamini (50min) 61, Bellerin
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