by SimonSEEZ






Sure it feels like the end of the world. Sure it feels like this was worst result and performance one could feasibly expect from this Arsenal team, or any team. You would be right; after zero points after a game is practically the worst result any team can get. But it is not the end of the world, at least not yet. And it’s not the end of the season for the Arsenal as some are probably predicting. Maybe not yet.

The game itself was not one, I for example thought, would be any different from any of the previous nine times Arsenal has met West Ham in the Premier League. Even when Kouyate took the lead for the Hammers, my mind was cast back to the many times before when Arsenal had had to come from behind to win the game.

With Bellerin missing out through injury, the team put out was slightly different from that which played the Community Shield against Chelsea; Matthieu Debuchy replacing the young Spaniard. Up front Arsene elected to go with the Frenchman instead of Theo Walcott. Apart for that. the team played in the same 4-1-4-1 deployed against Chelsea last week, with Santo Cazorla playing on the left of the attack and the Ox on the right. After ditching that formation about the middle of last season, it was a bit surprising to see it being deployed again today.

Analysts are probably going to credit West Ham for a remarkable performance; and they should, as Slaven Bilic’s men played really good on the day. But to say they were truly deserving of all the points is stretching the truth a little bit. They might have played lightly better than the Arsenal but the goals were cheap goals to concede for any team.

For the first goal, the blame should sure go to the debutant goalkeeper, Petr Cech. Anyone who has watched this team over the past few years will know that the team always defend free kicks with a high defensive line. This acts as an offside trap and means that even if the ball is played in, it either lands too close to the keeper or too far away from goal for an onrushing attacking player to be able to make a meaningful header.

If Cech had stayed on his line as he should have, because as the ball played in Dmitri Payet was too far away for him to come and collect, Kouyate’s header would have been straight down his throat.

If there is some debate as whether the Czech keeper was at fault for the first goal, there is definitely no question about who to blame for the second. Sure, Oxlade-Chamberlain lost the ball where he shouldn’t be losing the ball again, but Mauro Zarate’s shot should have been goalkeeping practice for a keeper of Cech’s calibre. Or a goalkeeper of any calibre. Only Petr Cech would probably be able to explain why he took two steps to his left as the shot swerved to his right.

There is no way a coach can legislate for a keeper making two serious goalkeeping errors in a match. And as it was shown last season at St. Mary’s, when this team concedes two gaols to blatant goalkeeping errors, it is very difficult for it to find its way back.

The most worrying thing however, for the coach, would be how difficult it was for this team to create clear-cut chances. Once again, a visiting goalkeeper to the Emirates was made to look like Manuel Neuer. This, coming a few days after the coach said he would love to see more goals coming from all across the team. One wonders if this performance, if not the result would force the manager’s hand in the transfer window. Probably not.

There was probably a hint of complacency about the team’s preparation and general play today, particularly after such a successful pre season. If ever a reality check was needed for this team, this is the perfect one. We travel to south London as guests of Crystal Palace seven days from now and this team needs to pick itself up and pick itself up quick. After all there are only 37 games left.

It might not seem like it, based on today’s performance, but the bare bones of a title-challenging team exists with this squad. I suspect the coach knows that too. All that remains is for the team to show forth its potential and fire away on all guns.

The sky isn’t falling. At least not yet.


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olayinka August 9, 2015 - 5:17 pm

Im sorry…WestHam played miles better than we did,heck we dint even start the engine less switching gears! The 1st goal was on cech likke u said,our system is still new to him,he shld av stayed on his line,dt wld give him time to get his spring for a dive if dres a need for it,the second goal,im tired of Ox,he does this same tin every time! To refresh ur memory,not so far back,the barclays asian cup,arsenal v everton,dt was d exact same crap he did and barkley scored!i dont know wat wenger tells ds pple,u dont make stupid mistakes like ds everytime and d team suffers for it,we were neva gonna come back frm a 2goal deficit,not wit Ozil losing possession at will,giroud js bin giroud normally…u wld rather not even talk abt giroud cos I wld js b angry over notin…regular peeps on here know my take on d guy…so I wont stress myself…dn ramsey,d less said abt ds one d beta,aw a man wld see an easy pass and still opt to b selfish at d expense of the team?mcheww…im not gonna leave sanchez out,he lost possession at almost every point..i dont get it…im js gonna stop here b4 I write a full thesis of wat I feel abt giroud,ramsey and ozil…mchewww! Now I av to worry abt aw to enta d office 2mrw…

Tobi Amoo August 9, 2015 - 6:55 pm

I feel your pain bro,

West Ham might have played slightly better but i still don’t think they did enough to win by 2 goals at the Emirates. Apart from the two goals, i don’t think they had another shot on target, maybe, the Sakho chance close to the end.

As for Giroud, he didn’t even have a clear chance to miss. Buying a world class CF will not fix that. Like Arsene said after the match, there poor performances all over the pitch. I don’t think any one player performed to their ability. But still if Cech had an even average day, we would have had a goalless draw, which wouldn’t have been good enough.

Be easy on Alexis, he only came back last week…

Olayinka August 9, 2015 - 7:41 pm

Tobi…very nice write up to start with man!..about alexis,yh im gonna take ot easy wit him cos i knw he wasnt 100% and wldnt av played if we dint gt in to dt situation…but giroud?man! We dint even av an outlet! Ozil was a no sow..ramsey was js doing rubbish,did u see one move dt he cld av passed to debuchy on d overlap?he chose to b selfisg as usual to d detriment of d team…dy took d 2 chances dy had,if we want to win d epl,we need to win ugly!d epl wld b tuffer now..i mean look at swansea,watford,soton,stoke! Heck we r going to palace next week! Dy even av better runners n ball playing wingers dn westham! Sigh…see im talking too much again

SimonSEEZ August 9, 2015 - 7:32 pm

Breathe Yinka , Breathe …

Olayinka August 9, 2015 - 7:42 pm

Lol! Simon…im trying…trying very hard…lol

dozie August 9, 2015 - 6:50 pm

no olayinka’s comment would be complete without mentioning Giroud more so as there was no mention of him in the match review

well let’s move on

Olayinka August 9, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Loool!! Dozie my guy….mehn…u knw aw dt guy gets on my nerves…i decided to forgive him n ramsey for dier past sins and start d season in a clean slate…but wat do we av here?d two of dm don start again! Smh

josh August 14, 2015 - 7:25 pm

well giroud was proving yinka right for the umpteenth time

Olayinka August 15, 2015 - 4:05 pm

Josh…. As usual….i expect more of the same to be honest….

Emeka Okelue August 9, 2015 - 6:51 pm

Lol Olayinka, e be like na you vex pass all of us o. I’m glad you mentioned sanchez cos I was beginning to feel like I was the only one that noticed that he was shit today. The whole team was completely messed up today. I’m not going to blame Wenger for this. I blame the team. West Ham practically used a 2nd string side to beat us at home. We had 7 days to prepare for this game. West Ham practically had only yesterday to prepare cos of their European engagement on Thursday.
We could rant or sulk all day about what happened today but it’s time we moved on. We would bounce back. We play at Palace next week, then we welcome Liverpool to the Emirates. I hope we get our acts together and win those games Cos if we lose those games, I may just have to shut down all my social media accounts, change my phone number, buy torch light fone, and move into d nearest monastery. I’m already scared of facing my friends tomorrow.
We need reinforcements in the DM and CF position. I don’t know the position of things with Benzema but if we use that fund to get a DM and prolly anoda CB, I wouldn’t be mad with Wenger.
Let’s hope for the best.

Olayinka August 9, 2015 - 7:49 pm

Emeka….lol…dont mind me…i dy vex make i no lie…like u said..d whole team dint even come to the party… Monreal was faultless today tho..I think we were just overconfident…took too many tins for granted!….palace next week,liverpool after…lol…mehn!

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