By 1970's Gooner
Yes we did get the goal albeit against the run of play. But we never kicked on. We carried playing defensive football but without having the men up front to go on the counter attack and thus relieve and give a breather to the rest of the team.
This was a mistake by Wenger in his selection for the starting 11 by leaving Walcott and Rosicky out. Both had the legs and the nous to help the rest of the team to manage the game.
Walcott would have been the perfect outlet for running at speed with the ball but more importantly Rosicky, as he amply proved when he belatedly came on, would have been ideal to keep the ball and play the simple pass to a colleague.
Something that Cazorla and Ramsey failed miserably!
Not once did they make a simple pass.
Not once did they hold onto the ball long enough.
Not once did they come out winners in the 50 50 balls.
As a result we lost the midfield battle and kept giving the ball away like imbecile novices.
As a result we were outrun and outfought.
As a result we eventually caved in. How much pressure can you take after all?
We were under pressure against Man City but at least we kept the ball and utilised Alexis for the counter attacks. Today we had nothing. Nothing.
And I blame Mr Wenger.
For not starting the brilliant Rosicky.
For not starting Walcott.
And for not substituting Cazorla and Ramsey much much earlier.
Noe we have a battle on our hands to finish 4th and we have given a leg up the Spuds.