Arsenal had to settle for a draw yesterday, not because the Tottenham players were that fantastic on the day but our players were tired – so tired, the three games played within a week took its toll on them and the likes of Harry Kane turned Messi.
It would fun to have a recap on the players’ performance. Although, it wouldn’t have been so if we lost but come on we are joint top and have an easy run of games after the interlull.
Petr Cech: he saved us the day; it would have been 2-0 before we scored; thanks to for him for keeping us in the game. His cleansheet run is altered. However, he has the chance to start again.
Per Mertesacker: seriously needs to stop those back passes to the keeper. What started for fun has now become a routine. Sorry to say, he needs to learn how to make defensive clearances from Gabriel Paulista.
Laurent Koscielny: he was at fault for the Kane’s goal but made some timely tackles and added some stability to our defence.
Mathieu Debuchy: he looked jaded during the second half and was substituted in the 78th minute. He still needs a run of games to get his confidence back. He is lacking in that area.
Nacho Monreal: he came alive when Kieran Gibbs was brought on. Solid performance from the man; he seems to be doing everything right these days.
Santi Cazorla: the Spaniard went missing during the game, as he was not his usual self; he was substituted in the 46th minute since he was dizzy and could not ‘stand on both legs.’ He will be fine.
Francis Coquelin: once more, he bossed the game but missed his companion in the central midfield area. Indeed a Frenchman with an English spirit.
Mesut Ozil: started off brightly but made some bad passes, which is unlike him. He provided the assist to Gibbs. I think he broke some records on the day. One of which has to be the most consecutive assists in the EPL. Even on a bad day, he still manages to do things right. Inarguably the man of the match.
Alexis Sanchez: the Spurs players took him personally. He seemed frustrated all through the game. He needs some rest but will Chile let him be? Let’s leave it at that.
Joel Campbell: Fatigue caught up with him. He needs to be a little direct in his approach, if he is to challenge the likes of Chamberlain to that spot.
Oliver Giroud: resolved to picking little fights and shoves to ease off frustration; the Frenchman’s headers and flicks which normally would have connected on an average day never went the right way. Add to the fact that luck was not on our side today, that completes a bad day at work.
Mikel Arteta: replaced Debuchy. He added some stability to the midfield.
Mathieu Flamini: substituted Cazorla and helped increase the tempo of the game. He was seen celebrating the equalizer with much gusto; perhaps he should have started the game.
Kieran Gibbs: he was the savior. Save for the goal, some crisis talks would be ongoing now. He converted perfectly the cross from Ozil. He will be perfect on the wing.
written by Laura Michel