After the disappointment in Europe, we all expected the squad to bounce back with a win against a Newcastle team that our reserve players had recently stuffed four-nil.
Unfortunately we were beaten for the second time this season by a team who last season were playing Championship football. What was worse was that again Wenger’s tactics came out second best and the Newcastle players said after the game they had a game plan which worked (sorry about the poor quality video but it was all I could find).
It concerns me that we sometimes play seemingly without a plan A, never mind a plan B. Thankfully Wenger seems to have finally realised that he does need to think a bit more about his tactics, even suggesting that he might play more direct football. I’m not holding my breath though, he’s made similar promises before and failed to deliver!
A former manager who always favoured the more direct game was George Graham. After the Newcastle defeat he suggested that the players can’t cope with the pressure that is on them in home games at the Emirates stadium. We certainly haven’t been too convincing in our most recent home games.
Thankfully we had the midweek game to get back to winning ways and the 2-0 win along with a 0-0 draw in the Manchester derby meant that we stayed with in a point of United and two points ahead of City. Whilst I still haven’t manage to catch the highlights, it was nice to see Chamakh getting a brace after Andy Carroll had grabbed the headlines at the weekend.
I still feel a bit deflated after the two consecutive defeats last week. I’m hoping that we can now get a bit of momentum going. Everton away will not be an easy game. With a European tie then sandwiched between a North London Derby and Villa away we really do need to get back to winning ways.
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