It was my birthday week and I was looking forward to a good birthday present from Arsenal. It looked positive at Watford with Ozil on the pitch with an Auba brace but turned sour with a Sokratis error, a David Luiz conceded penalty and a “scared” Arsenal.
While Emery took the blame for the defeat, he didn’t take the blame for the poor birthday gift from Arsenal. The team conceded shots and were indeed lucky to leave Watford with a point. Playing from the back is just a nightmare for Arsenal. I will manage the huffing up-field. Jeez.
It seems the players are confused about the tactics or directive from the bench. This needs to be sorted out ASAP. We are already 7 points away from the top of the table. We had the opportunity of being 3rd before the Europa League resumed but we fluffed our lines. Shame.
Can we continue to rely on the high execution Aubameyang rate? will the backline chalk more goals and shots like at Watford? Can we go 3-0 up for once since Emery? Will we hope that Leno saves us again and again at the back?
Action in Europe began on Tuesday with the Champions League. Arsenal missed out of the Champions League no thanks to a poor final run of Premier League results and the Europa League final loss to Chelsea last season.
Well, Chelsea lost at home to Valencia if that offers you any kind of solace. Lampard’s young blues had the chance to equalize but Ross Barkley missed his penalty kick. Napoli shocked defending Champions Liverpool with a 2-0 win. Salah and Mane failed to convert the available opportunities and Van Dijk gifted the home side a goal. Seems the Player of the Year title put him under pressure. Welcome to Europe.
PSG were 3-0 winners over Real Madrid while Peter Olayinka scored on his Champions League debut for Slavia Prague in their 1-1 draw at Inter Milan. There were wins for Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Ajax and Red Bull Salzburg who had a teenager score a hattrick on his debut – Haland. Remember him from the U20WC?
In the Europa League, Arsenal surprised their fans with a 3-0 away win at Frankfurt. The German side were unbeaten at home in the Europa League but the young gunners blew them away. As reported on Arseblog “The scoreline was perhaps a bit flattering – the home side had 24 attempts on goal – but the focus should be on Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock, two young players who scored to help us on our way to victory. Emi Martinez deserves a mention too for keeping that rarest of things, a clean sheet.”
Aubameyang got the third goal and wont stop scoring. I hope Reiss Nelson watched Saka today. Aston Villa is next. Time to get a win in the Premier League.