Bayern defeat shows how FA Cup game was the big one
ARSENAL 1 BAYERN MUNICH 3
FROM GOODPLAYA AT THE EMIRATES
FRANKLY I’m far more upset about Saturday’s result than this evening’s.
We were always liable to lose comfortably to Bayern. They’re a top side in top form. We’re neither of those things. Anyone who thought we were likely to turn them over was frankly deluding themselves. Blackburn and FA Cup glory on the other hand…
In terms of what actually came to pass, my thoughts are these:
- I didn’t get the team selection. Ok, so you want to accommodate Ramsey. But dropping Giroud and playing Walcott up front seemed desperate. We’d tried it before and it had failed completely (most notably against City). And for the past eight games we’ve played Giroud up front. And now suddenly we’re dropping the only bit of height we have. It can’t be right.
- Their opener was yet another example of Per Mertersacker not blocking a ball properly. We saw it against West Ham, we saw it against Liverpool and we saw it against Bayern. He jumps side on at the ball, making himself as small as possible. Keownesque, dare I say even Terryesque, it ain’t. And yet nobody seems to tell him otherwise.
- Their second was crap marking and not great goalkeeping. Sadly, Szczesny has no form of competition.
- I’m not really interested in hearing we were lucky for our goal because it wasn’t even a corner: you win some corners, you lose some corners. Ultimately, they’re all corners and you have to deal with hundreds a season. Their defending at the corner was quite extraordinary: I’d have winced if we’d conceded it.
- We had begun the second half much better than the first, but welcome as our goal was, it seemed to me to be an aberration rather than the consequence of sustained pressure. And so given that I’d have made the subs earlier than AMT (Arsene mean time – 67 minutes ahead of GMT).