NORWICH CITY 1 ARSENAL 1 – Nasty November takes it’s toll

Author  @A96oaye

 

The first half started well, Arsenal were dominating for much of the half. A slick ball from Alexis  Sanchez to Mesut Ozil (via a mistake from John Ruddy) put Arsenal ahead ten minutes from half-time. The only downside to the half was Laurent Koscielny succumbing to injury after an awkward turn in only the tenth minute of the match.

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Mesut Ozil’s 2nd league goal of the season wasn’t enough to secure Arsenal 3 points

The second half proved similar to the first half as we started with the same concentration as we had in the first half. Norwich then pushed on, then   grabbed an equaliser in the 43rd minute, due to a defensive error between Gabriel Paulista and Per Mertesacker.  The issues with injuries worsened when Alexis Sanchez had to be brought off with a hamstring injury. That put on an “if we can’t win, we must not lose” alert, especially how Norwich were playing, by creating chances and pushing for a win.

You can’t discredit Norwich for giving us a game, but really, this was a game we should’ve won, but probably didn’t deserve to win. We just didn’t create as much chances, and when we did, it came to nothing, especially in the second half.

For me, Olivier Giroud seemed a bit anonymous. He was there, but just couldn’t put away the chances, neither could he reach the balls that flew to his direction (through no fault of his own).

When Joel Campbell came on for Alexis Sanchez on the hour mark, his presence wasn’t as  effective as he didn’t really show what he could do in terms of having a long future at Arsenal. When Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain came on for Ramsey on the other hand, he made some chances, but weren’t finished off.

Worrying times for Gooners: Koscielny and Alexis limped off whilst Cazorla "played on one leg"

Worrying times for Gooners: Koscielny and Alexis limped off whilst Cazorla “played on one leg”

In conclusion, I would say that Norwich City won a point, and we lost two points as they showed why  they want to stay up, but we didn’t really show we have what it takes to win the title.

On the injury front, Alexis Sanchez , Laurent Koscielny, and Santi Cazorla all look to be doubtful for the next match.

After that draw caps off a nightmare month for us, coupled with injuries, where do you see us going? Do you think we still have what it takes to win the title?  Should Sanchez have been rested?

 

 

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