Arsenal’s Chilean Outsings The Canary
Alexis Sanchez did enough to out sing the canary and rescue a point for Arsenal against Hull City at the Emirates.
The Chilean put Arsenal ahead in the ’14 with a darting run and grass-cutter finish - the shimmy, the shake, the golazo; Sanchez showed his pure class once again as he slotted home his 6th goal of the season for the Club.
Referee Roger East will have had a sleepless Saturday night after reviewing the television replay of the foul on Matheiu Flamini that allowed Mohamed Diame to equalize just four minutes later.
It was a poor performance from the man in yellow, he was over his head and unable to mange the match, authoring countless poor decisions and a palpable lack of self-assurance that caused Arsenal to drop vital points at home.
But Per Mertesacker and the entire stop-gap back four of Arsenal must be called into question for allowing a goal just one minute into the second half.
The lack of mental discipline and focus from Arsene Wenger’s men to allow such a poor goal after the half-time team talk is alarming.
It was defending of the 4th place highest order.
After ninety-minutes of football had been played, it was Sanchez who had the gall to conjure up a chance for Danny Welbeck, after making another mazy run through the Hull defense, the Chilean’s well weighted pass created the perfect opening for Welbeck to fire home a clinical side-netting finish from just outside the six-yard box.
It was a goal the Gunners deserved and a goal the team needed to maintain self-confidence going into the Champions League.
Arsenal did not miss Mesut Ozil on Saturday. It was not the absence of the German luxury player that caused the Gunners to drop two points at home; it was Wenger’s inability to properly find a suitable replacement for Thomas Vermaelen, and largely in part, his catastrophic devaluation of signing a genuine holding-midfield player with some semblance of technical ability under the age of thirty.
Joel Campbell has to play more. The Costa Rican looked lively and up for it from the moment he set foot on the pitch. His natural tendency is to push central and if Welbeck is not on-song come the ’60 minute mark Campbell should be used as an alternative striker. He is powerful, crafty, full of invention and carrying a potent left-foot that needs to be released on Premier League foes.
Wenger cannot rush Aaron Ramsey back into the side. The Welshman looked miles from match-sharp and playing him in this contest seemed unnecessary and foolhardy despite his recent history of heroism verse Hull. Arsenal need Ramsey to be fit for the December fixture list and sending him back into the team too soon at the risk of injury would be a major mistake.
Arsenal’s 2 wins from 8 games thus far is not the work of title contenders.
A season of promise is slowly eroding into the reality of another battle for mediocrity.
Manchester United are set to dine at the top-four table and Arsenal must sharpen their knives if they want to sit with the big boys at the feast.
Wenger’s recent statements of the obvious indicate he’ll look to sign a defender come January.
Celtic’s Virgil Van Dijk should be a viable option for the Gunners.
The Professor needs to splash the cash and strengthen the player pool.
Today was the umpteenth example of this being the case.
Opening the war chest for Alexis Sanchez has provided significant dividends for the Club; and his voice has risen above the rest on more than one occasion.
It’s well past time to bring in some backing support if Arsenal are to harmonize and continue to restock the trophy cabinet…