Arsenal plays Beauty and the Beast drama

Lovely win to start the year against Steve McClaren’s side with no one get injured at all and clinching the peak position meanwhile Leicester City dropped points and Forever in Our Shadows sharing points with Toffees. Actually, i didn’t watch that game which every pundits and blogger outside the field describe it as ugly winning. Ugly win means comfortably and oftenly described as winner mentality or how the champions win when they are in dreadlocks. But isn’t it true?

Flamini is coming back after dropped on last match, Monreal filling in after Gibbs had a cramp in Bournemouth game and the Ox is playing to get his chance to shine. This 3 guys are back after rotation but the main problem and focus are Chamberlain, could he delivered something in this match after loss his performance because he was injured on Capital One Cup? I have to watched the replay match on Arsenal Player to see and analysis the game and see how the drama cliche began.

The Ox still finding himself at Arsenal

When Theo Walcott missing on the right, you know who is better to replacing him on the right side. But it changes after several performances by Joel Campbell, that makes the Ox immediately finds himself in question about how to established himself at Arsenal. He is a different type player than Walcott actually, his father always told that he can be fitted on midfielder role or in no. 10 position.

I loved how the Ox playing that he shows whenever he dribbles he kick the ball and sprint outta defender. But is it just that he can offer to Arsenal? just some windy player who very fast and run? NO. We didn’t need that. Our tactics really need two wings forward who fast on counter breaks, but also who can finishing, crossing and drives in to break defence. That is what Arsenal need, a modern winger, complete forward, and high work rate to cover our wingbacks.

Last night on Newcastle, he didn’t get his best performance, instead he rusty on front the goal and yet no shots on target and just 1 key passes for Arsenal. After that he dropped by Joel Campbell to replace him on right wing. Joel Campbell is more effective on playing defensively with more passing than drives in. Of course, Joel just slightly better at the moment, but we hope that both of them could be more dangerous on goal and effectively in midfield. The best example for them is the Ox compatriot on national team, Ross Barkley or Raheem Sterling.


Alex the Ox, Arsenal, 2015, photo by Squawka.

To playing alongside lone man forward does mean you also score goals more and playing connected each other. We need someone more lethal and aggresively in the box. Arsene needs more deep training for his winger as Alexis Sanchez is the only one who holds that title. I hope Ox can determine his future as soon as possible, he can ask Henry or Pires at Arsenal how to play effectively upfront. This is no time to waste your talent, Ox.

Ramsey is on top but missed target

Unbeliveable Ramsey playing tirelessly against Newcastle, he put all the bollocks on the other side, and he is everywhere too. I’m feel sorry for all Twitter comments in the last minute when he missed out his shot after 2-3 fake dribble. You didn’t caught it don’t you? 2-3 fake dribble are Ramsey lovely moves whenever he is in the box , he is natural with it. In 2014/2015 campaigns, he didn’t get his achievement in the past season because he is out of position and yet he is still lack of goal this season too as the reason still the same.

His partnership with Ozil is very fruitful even Ramsey is on the wing side, but last night at Newcastle in his favourable position, he shows how he worth at Arsenal.


Ramsey passing on both half vs Newcastle, 2016, by Arsenal Stats Centre

Green marks stated as successful passing, red as missed shot and yellow as key passes. As our dynamo in middle, his passing combination with Mesut Ozil are 25 passes from all 76 passes by Ramsey. It means how Ramsey work rate are very high and just become better and better. What makes us cringe is his attempt at finishing was very bad actually. In his past 5 match in his middle position, he seems always out of target and selfishly not looking his bloke.

I don’t blame him for that, as Arsene’s favourite midfielder, Ramsey just want to prove his place in middle against Cazorla and Wilshere even with Ozil. Ramsey quality is undeniable but he needs learn with Ozil about when the pass need by or is it time to shoot. Yes, He is hungry and hungrier, but if opponent taking chances from winning back the possession outta of him, Arsenal must pay the price latter.

Arsenal become well-balancedly better and better

Yet, you know how cracking to win one-nil match in these days, you have to be full concentrated until last seconds or you must pay what fools you. Arsenal in the past day became the team whose very bad in this situation. Although congratulations on one-nil situation for the 100th times, but it was not comfortable when we on that situation. How many times we lose when we didn’t cracked the dreadlocks, how many points are gone? I believe it cost our title and so on.

I don’t wanna whining about it actually, but its history sometimes repeated itself. But this season, even Arsene felt the same as us, he felt ‘this season is different’ and last night is one of it. Our passing is resentless complex and dynamic when our defense stature is very good to hold on. Thanks to 100% total shots saved by our Petr Cech to deny opposition threat. He is very experienced between our post, this is a world class goalkeeper that we had and thankfully he is unshakenable.

Olivier Giroud got credits for unstoppable to chasing ball on the air which follows by Koscielny goal. He is really strong even he is missing alot of chances too. Walcott also didn’t effectively score goals too but his runs always being watched by opponent. Mesut Ozil is exceptional, he do more runs than before, he really makes kiler passes but he knew since Cazorla gone, he is gonna take the ball, control it. He is mature enough to become a leader in attacking and midfield position, and he proves again last night.

Score is one nil, no beauty from the goal but it was behinds which made that goal. Never endings spirit, fully concentrated, and tirelessly try and try for scoring goals, never slowing down the tempo. We are unbeliveable manage to finds that goal and uplift the curse for Arsenal. We are trying not to frustated and yet we believe that we can win this. We still believe on that chance. To win the title, we must.

Author of this post and right now focused as freelance  sports journo on Indonesia, USA and UK.

Anzala Ryanto. @anzalariveris


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