By 1970’s Gooner
What a dreadful defensive performance against a very poor relegation threatened Blackburn side. In the end my mocking friends labeled this game as a six pointer…
Koscienly had a shocker and so did Djourou when he came on and so did the linesman allowing an offside goal to stand.
But all these are excuses really aren’t they. What transpired was that irrespective of what defensive stand you adopt in dead ball situations it’s the players that are defending that have to do their job.
Arsenal switched to zonal defending this season in an attempt to stop conceding from dead ball situations. Forget it Mr Wenger. It’s the players that were on the pitch that couldn’t defend.
Arteta started well again but faded in the second half (again). He could neither offer protection in defence nor create much (Ramsey tried to do that).
If Frimpong had been there then it would have been a different story today. I am convinced we would have walked away with the three points.
It’s time to consider starting with two defensive midfielders in front of the defence, Song and Frimpong say, instead of having two creative midfielders (Arteta and Ramsey today) and only Song sitting back.
The formation could change to a 4 2 3 1
In this way the new central defensive partnership is given more protection at a moment when it badly needs it. And there will still be enough creative players on the pitch to inflict the necessary damage on the other goal.