Arsenal secured a point against Man Utd with Walcott scoring in the 2nd minute before Van Persie scored off of a penalty after a Sagna error. The winner wasn’t to come and arsenal had to make due with one point. Here are some positives and negatives of the match:
Arsenal’s first half performance- Arsenal started much better than Utd. The passing was fluid, the players were aggressive, and their was a sense of belief in the time. Had Sagna not conceded a penalty, Arsenal would have kept the momentum with them and surely would have done the same in the second half.
Aaron Ramsey- A couple of weeks ago, I would have sold Aaron Ramsey. He didn’t seem like he fit in well in the premier league, with a few Denilson-esque performances. Today, however, he was really magnificent. Sure his passing was spot on always, but the most important thing was, his attitude. If he can improve on his finishing and passing, he can be a starter week in-and-out.
Per Mertesacker- Per was very solid today. He won almost every ball in the box and brought out a yellow card from Van Persie. He has definitely improved this season, becoming one of our first choice players on the pitch
How we played- Okay, the second half performance was far from fantastic, and Utd had already won the league, but the fact that Arsenal was able to play so fluently against the champions was a big positive for me. If we can play like this every game, we would surely be title contenders for next season.
Bacary Sagna- Our worst player today in my opinion. He has really deteriorated this season, which is sad considering he was one of the best right backs in the league. Definitely needs to be sold this summer.
Lukas Podolski- I was excited that he was starting up front as he hasn’t been given enough opportunities to shine through the middle this season. I feel like he has had a good first season out on the wing, but there is definitely some need for improvement. Today, he had a lackluster performance. He was hardly in the game and seemed to be playing a false number 9 position rather than a target man.
The Second Half- After Arsenal went into half time, Utd came out more and had much more possession. The penalty turned our game around and just like last season, Van Persie has almost decided where we are going to be playing next season.