Arsenal 2-0 Wigan Athletic
On reflection the performance at the Emirates was a definite step in the right direction, it is very difficult to be pleased with a defeat, but sometimes the manner of the defeat can give hope for optimism
The team defended very well as a unit up until the last 10 minutes when they were undone by a centre half (Galas) charging up the field and sneaking (suspiciously offside) onto an excellent cross and a break-away goal.
Latics had their chances, Scharner could have done better with a free header from a Koumas corner and should have done better when he carried the ball on a Latics break before finding an Arsenal player when we had two unmarked in the box, Bent also had a couple of opportunities
Steve Bruce watching from the stands with his old mate John Benson probably knew what type of team we are before he took over and yesterday would have confirmed that although we can be hard working we lack quality in key areas
For all their gutsy performances we need an old head at centre back to partner either Bramble, Granqvist or even Boyce, too many times this season they have been 'dragged` out of position
In midfield we need some one who can put their foot on the ball and keep it, once again yesterday the midfield was guilty of giving the ball away, stats of 65% - 35% possession in favour of Arsenal spell out the need for that
Up front a genuine goal scorer to play off Heskey is needed, Bent I must admit as surprised me, his work rate has been good and he puts himself about and he plays with pride but we need goals
The result is respectable on a day when Sunderland get battered by SEVEN and Boro concede three at home and we are still just a win from safety.
The next game, at home to Man City, is vitally important to get some spirit and confidence back in the club, with Bruce taking charge for the first time and hopefully Heskey, Melchiot and Valencia available for selection we might just have half a chance
Mr Dependable as ever
Mike Pollitt 7/10
Emerson Boyce 6/10
Kevin Kilbane 6/10
Andreas Granqvist 6/10
Titus Bramble 6/10
Michael Brown 6/10
Denny Landzaat 6/10
Paul Scharner 6/10
Jason Koumas 6/10
Salomon Olembe 5/10
Marcus Bent 6/10
Emile Heskey 6/10
Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.