AC Milan 0-2 Arsenal
You know that thing I said about blogging every day and how I’d soon get back into it and delicious content would be served with jarringly regularity? Yeah, didn’t do too well, did I.
It’s been 3 days since we last spoke, and having been in a seemingly interminable slump, Arsenal have done the unthinkable and put on a good, solid team performance and won away from home in the San Siro. It was almost completely unexpected and very, very welcome. I’m sure like many of you, I feared we might be on the end of a bloody good hiding.
Veering slightly off subject momentarily, I was reading through some of my previous reviews and I came to realise that ‘review’ isn’t exactly a fitting description. So, I thought I’d shake things up and do my match reports a little different. From now on, they’ll contain 2 paragraphs to describe each half and some player ratings. I’m sure you’re all now bubbling with excitement and just what me to shut the f*ck uo and get on with it. so here goes:
After so much disdain and anger at our recent performances, I have to say the first 45 minutes was a breath of fresh air and incredibly annoying at the same time. Annoying, why? Well, because it’s an example of the kind of performance with which this team is more than capable, and amplifies the paucity with which we witness it. From the off, we controlled the game and created chances. Mkhitaryan, Ramsey and Ozil in particular looked dangerous and there was a fresh verve to our attacking play. It isn’t unreasonable to suggest we could have been 3-4 goals to the good.
Defensively we were troubled very little by a Milan side that looked bereft of ideas.
The next 45 minutes was all about consolidating our result and Milan begun to creep back into the game. Whilst they didn’t get into too many threatening positions or missed any guilt-edged chances, they did carve one or two openings. However, it was a vastly improved defensive performance and a real captain’s display from Laurent Koscielny. He’s been a little off the boil recently and it was good to see him back. Even Mustafi, who’s either wonderful or bloody useless, put in a solid display that didn’t involve diving in an the earliest opportunity.
A very good team performance. We defended as a unit, pressed from the front and came away worthy winners. Whilst nothing can be taken for granted, we should progress into the quarter-finals with relative ease now. Of course, this is Arsenal and I could very well eat those words…
- David Ospina – (7) Did the odd bit of flapping, but kept a clean sheet.
- Send Kolasinac (6) Hulk smash and hurt ankle.
- Callum Chambers (7) Out his favoured position coped very well.
- Laurent Koscielny (8) Captain’s display.
- Shkodran Mustafi (7) His better side.
- Granit Xhaka (8) One of his better performances. Barely gave the ball away, protected the defence well.
- Jack Wilshere (6) Not as involved as you’d expect, but solid.
- Aaron Ramsey (8) Always looked a threat, great goal.
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan (9) Great first goal for Arsenal (albeit a bit deflected), could have more. Looked very dangerous. My MOTM.
- Mesut Ozil (8) 2 assists. Doesn’t turn up in the big games…
- Danny Welbeck (7) Worked tirelessly. Magnificent air-shot in the 2nd half.
- (Sub) Ainsley Maitland-Niles (7) Cool as a cucumber.
- (Sub) Holding (6) Shored up at the back.
- (Sub) Elneny (N/A) Came on late.
After a lengthy cloud of sh*t has encompassed the club, there appears to be a glimmer of sunlight breaking through. One good result doesn’t change too much, but it certainly a very good start and reason to look ahead with a bit more positivity. We’ll need to make sure we use it as a watershed moment and kick on from here. Watford at the weekend is important.
That’s all for today, folks. I’ll be back tomorrow with more and a few new ideas for you. Until that time, why not leave a comment below and discuss the performance?
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.
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