Arsenal have always had problems dealing with games after the international break, and this time it was the same, and it showed that no matter who Arsenal play, they will have problems with games after Internationals. This was the most lackluster performance I have seen by Arsenal for a very long time. Here are some thoughts:
- The goal conceded was very unconvincing. Mannone should have had that covered, Santos should not have been playing Norwich onside and Mertesacker may have been a bit quicker to the ball. Once Tettey picked up the ball, you knew that he was shaping up to shoot, and although it was a powerful shot, Mannone should have had that one covered. It swerved a little bit but no Premier League side goalkeeper should have parried it like that. Then Holt was first to the ball and tapped it home.
- It was like having 11 Denilsons on the pitch. Denilson is known for his sideways non-creative passing and that was exactly what Arsenal was today. I have never seeen Arsenal play with so little creativity. It was painful to watch as you knew that they had no cutting edge.
- We rely on Cazorla far too much. One man cannot carry the team, and that seemed to be one of Arsenal’s problems, Cazorla was the man trying to do too much as no one else tried anything. Yes Cazorla is a great player and a game changer, but we have to stop looking for him for everything.
- When we bring on Serge Gnabry on to help us score, we know we have to dip into the transfer window again. If I were Arsene Wenger, I would be looking to sign an Experienced winger who is creative and daring, and a top class striker. We look so plain right now, Arsenal needs some more fire power and that’s what Wenger needs to add.