I was previously three-quarter way through quite a detailed match review of Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with AZ Alkmaar when my internet browser suddenly closed and all was lost.
Obviously I can’t be arsed to write it all up again (I have dinner to prepare, after all) so I thought I’d quickly run through my thoughts from the game:
The late goal we conceded was not ‘typical Arsenal’ as so many pundits have labeled it (see video below). This is the first time we’ve thrown away a lead late in the game this season and only the fourth goal we’ve conceded from a set-piece. Two of those have been Abou Diaby’s own goal against United and Manuel Almunia’s post bungle against City so the media’s tendency to call last night ‘typical Arsenal’ is lazy and statistically incorrect.
In saying that we were a little shaky from set-pieces last night. A blameless Diaby shouldered onto his own bar from one corner while Alkmaar defender Hector Moreno should have scored from another free-kick. Wenger will want this improved to the standard of the actual ‘typical Arsenal’ for the clash with West Ham at Upton Park.
1-1 was probably a fair result given the chances that Alkmaar created, although we should have been awarded a penalty when Carlos Vela was clearly fouled in the box. Another joke decision and how much longer will this kind of rubbish go on until we’ve received sufficient punishment from the Eduardo debacle.
One of the main reasons we failed to add a second goal was a distinct lack of striking options on the bench with Nicklas Bendtner and Eduardo out. However when you consider that the one out-and-out striker who was brought on, Vela, probably would have scored had he not been brought down, you could say that our options were probably good enough after all.
Alex Song was again superb tonight while Andrey Arshavin showed his class on a number of occasions. Robin van Persie was in everything and had three shots saved by the goalkeeper whilst also providing our only assist for the night for Cesc Fabregas’ opener.
Seven points from the opening three games means a home win against Alkmaar in the next game will see us through. Not a bad position to be really, especially when you look at the likes of Liverpool and Inter Milan.
Anyway that’s it.
Enjoy your Wednesday and if you’re yet to read the Arsenal FC Blog’s exclusive interview with Cesc Fabregas be sure to check it out here.
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