Immeasurable amount of water have passed through numerous bridges since Arsenal lost two points at the Emirates to Manchester City. The gunners took solace in the shared points especially seeing that the Citizens nearly grabbed all three points that Saturday. With great hope and good memories of Germany, the Gunners took their canons and set stage in Dortmund.
Klopp was having none of Arsenal’s pride in their new away cup kit. Besieged by injuries, the gunners were a shadow of the team that got all 3 points a year ago. Out-paced, out-played, out-muscled, the gunners were beaten despite donning their victorious jersey for the first time. Two goals on each side of the break were enough to give Borussia Dortmund all three points.
The Five: Injury continues, It could have been worse, Arsenal need a joyless defensive midfielder, Kos and Per can do better, When is the next Arsenal Victory? Arsenal summed up my birthday with that woeful loss. This open letter sums it up.
The game caused Arsenal Wilshere and we can only hope he gets fit enough to face Aston Villa. Too many questions are being asked about Ozil’s play. Wenger has consistently played the World cup winner on the left where he has been woeful. The buzz that came with his arrival a year ago has gone sinusoidal and is at the minimal now. The critics are doing their jobs but Wenger and Ozil must give a better performance.
Ramsey has been playing below par. He cannot complain of fatigue. He wasn’t in the world cup yet his passing and final balls have been found wanting. As much as we love Ramsey, as much we remember his goal scoring exploits last year that gave us the FA cup and he contributed immensely to Arsenal’s final position in the league, the Welsh Jesus must step up his game.
With so much rigmarole on the pitch, i keep wondering why Rosicky is yet to be featured this season. How much i miss his acceleration and drive. Oooh my Rosicky. What of Campbell? He must have hatched a lot of chickens if he was a hen. Podolski has been so accustomed to not playing for the gunners that he was looking for his sheen guard. He came and showed his rustiness.
Can Arsenal step up and mount a challenge? The gunners are bottom of their UEFA Champions League group (well, after just a game), 6 points behind Leaders Chelsea (Blessed with Fabre-Costa) in the league. Will Kosicenly and Meterseacker get back to the form of last season? Vermaelen is gone and it seems the lack of competition for the two center backs may have a hand in their current form. Will Yobo or Lugano join on free transfers?
The past is past. We can only hope for the better starting from Villa Park. Anything short of 3 points is a defeat.