While it wasn't the steamrollering we were all hoping for, I think only the most jaded and cynical fan would call yesterday anything but a good day for Arsenal - three points despite not playing all that well, and, at least as of this writing, no injuries. Positives! Anyway, let's take a look at some of the good and the not-so-good from yesterday:
- Tomas Rosicky's goal. I mean. I MEAN. Holy crap, that was one hell of a shot.
- Ox in the middle of the park. He's unstoppable there.
- Arsenal's defending. I've talked a bit this season about how the back line is the sort of unsung hero of Arsenal's season, and yesterday was no exception; the standout play was of course Mertescelny saving Szcz' bacon, but the defense was solid throughout the game, which is good because, well...
- ...There was the whole second half. Arsenal's inability to hold on to the ball, and inability to pass it successfully when they did, is very worrisome; they weren't great for most of the first half either, but the second half nearly killed them. Against a better team, Arsenal would have been punished for how poorly they controlled the ball.
- Ox on the wings. Stay in the middle, please.
- Arsenal's complete and utter failure to exploit Spurs' high line. That's the kind of defense Arsenal's attack should rip to shreds, but the aforementioned inability to pass really hurt them.