You have to feel for Kieran Gibbs don’t you? He puts in a MOTM performance, scores a brilliant goal to give us the lead with five minutes to go and then some of his team-mates conspire to show the very worst of our defending and give away a goal to level the score at 2-2.
Gibbs is currently one of our Marmite players. I love his energy and the effort he puts in to go forward and join the attack but many criticise him for his lack of defending prowess. Short memories, I’d say, as it should be remembered that it was his amazing tackle against West Brom that ensured we finished third last season.
Thank you Kieran, you put in a fine effort yesterday.
In fact Arsenal played some really good football yesterday and were unlucky to go behind to a Michu goal in the 58th minute. The first half had been a bit of a bore fest but we started the second half brightly and looked like the team to take hold of this game. Laudrup could see we were taking control and brought on Michu who scored within 2 minutes of taking to the pitch.
What did we learn from his two goals at the Emirates last month? Nothing, we gave him time and space on the ball and he punished us as the hour mark approached. 1-0 Swansea.
Now we had a cup game. We were finding our passes, weaving our magic but Swansea were also going for more goals and the excitement was growing, pretty much end to end stuff. I’m not going to squeal on those that put their chances wide when a goal was needed but suffice to say Podolski found himself a bit of space, swiveled and fired home a chance. 1-1 on the 81st minute. Come on Arsenal!!!!
Two minutes later Gibbs powers into the box and exchanges a neat one two with Giroud before rifling the ball into the roof of the net. Cue pandemonium as the Arsenal players jump into the crowd. 1-2 on 83 minutes.
As the game played out we still had good chances to score again but when required to clear the ball from our penalty area we were useless!!! Swansea scored to level at 2-2. Theo got the ball into the back of the net but the whistle had already gone for an earlier foul. Five minutes of extra time were played out with neither side able to seal the win.
Schoolboy defending undoes us again. We really are rubbish at holding onto a lead and seeing a game out. We now have another game in January, squeezed into an already crowded programme against top teams. Hopefully we can finish Swansea off at the Emirates in 10 days time and look forward to a trip to Brighton in the next round.
There was a bit of a tiff on here after the game yesterday. It amazes me that some supporters can be so calm about a poor performance and seek to reprimand others for using the blog as an outlet for their frustration. I would ask you all to be kind to those that wear their heart on their sleeve even if you find their comments difficult to swallow. We all support the same team even if some wish that changes could be made to help us progress. What will be, will be…………
Written by peachesgooner
Our resident Welshy – Sheep Hagger was quick to send a report from behind the lines and here are his thoughts.
Quick post for us all, most of us saw the game yesterday and again we weren’t great.
But we are still in the cup and we should beat Swansea at home even though they have beaten us once there.
We must have a go at the FA cup as I feel it’s our only real chance of wining a trophy.
Coming up, we have a few tough games in the EPL.
Following a really difficult January we will meet Bayern Munich in the Champions lge.
So if we can take 5 points from 3 matches it may be enough to make up a few points, city chelski and Liverpool are good sides.
You know the way I feel about the management, and I have been that way since the summer but that’s my view only.
I don’t know about the board and the finances as I’m not in to it all, it’s above my head,
And again why is the Theo deal taking so long to tie up? This should have been sorted last year not now, same thing with Cesc and Rvp, they should have been offered new contracts 2 years before the deals run out.
I love my Arsenal my son is named after an Arsenal player, even though I’m a taffy that means nothing.
And I think u know me by now life’s to short to row that’s why I come on here and act a clown.
I like a laugh and a bit of banter,there no malice in the sheep.
To end the post I’ll show you all a pic of the wife she’s from New Zealand.
There she is my darling she the middle one, god knows who the woman is!
Chill out life’s too short.
See you all tomorrow when I get out of HMP Swansea.