Today finds me still unable to shake to dejection of having lost to Spurs. It really is a bloody awful sensation. Last night I awoke in a cold sweat having dreamt Harry Kane had taken over the universe and created an army of bumbling, barely-literate clones and everywhere I turned I was greeted by one of them talking to me as if there was a giant angry wasp trying to escape from their mouth.
That said, tomorrow brings another fixture and the opportunity to exorcise a few of those demons by obtaining 3 delicious points. Leicester aren’t the most formidable of sides on their travels and to compound matters, they’ve just parted company with their manager. Often that can be dangerous, as players suddenly feel the desire to up their performance levels in light of a new face on the horizon. The effect can also be extremely detrimental, piling further turmoil onto what was already far from a bed of roses.
Let’s hope it’s the latter. I don’t care if we scrounge a 1-0 win in the dying minutes having played egregiously as long as we win. That’s all that’s important after a defeat.
Having missed out the past week, Alexis Sanchez is in line for a recall. Whether or not he’s fully recovered from the ailments hat kept him out remains to be seen, but it’ll be good to have him back – at this stage, given his hunger to play, I’d imagine wild horses and heavily armed militia wouldn’t be able to prevent him from setting foot on the field.
The only other point in what is a relatively slow day for news is Per Mertesacker’s thoughts on the team’s display on Saturday.
“We found a way recently to prepare ourselves on crosses better defensively (and also) on set-pieces, but we did not switch on quickly enough and were not up for proper defending, so that was worse than in recent weeks.
“We were not active enough and only started to play our game a bit towards the end, that took us too long.
“When we had the ball, we could not find any solutions, they were always at us and we could not get the ball quickly in our own half so we could not hurt them on the counter-attack.”
I think the less said about our defending and distribution when winning the ball back the better. At times it appeared Francis Coquelin was repelling attacks all by himself. Spurs were undeniably good at closing us down and cut off the supply to out forwards, but as Arsenal fans we have every right to expect our team to be able to deal with that and produce more. They didn’t and moving onwards let’s hope it was nothing more than a temporary set back.
That’s all for today, folks. Tomorrow I’ll be previewing the game with Leicester and talking about whatever else may tickle my fancy. The comments await you below, so use ’em.
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