Sunday’s 1-1 result at Old Trafford seemed like a positive one in the context of the 90 minutes and a few tactical flash-points emerged for Arsene Wenger to consider in the near future.
It doesn’t take a genius to notice how dangerous we looked following the substitutions the boss made which saw the introductions of Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott.
Defensively, there are still a few concerns which will surely be giving Wenger some sleepless nights, not least the goalkeeping situation coming to light once again.
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5. Another Ospina error? New goalkeeper needed this summer.
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Arsenal fans must certainly pray that Wenger’s public backing of Ospina is just the manager typically protecting his players rather than the boss genuinely believing that the Colombian is a long-term option.
After his error against Swansea last week, Ander Herrera’s goal bore similarities to Bafetimbi Gomis’s winner last week.
Gary Neville scrutinised Ospina’s starting position at the near post for Swansea’s goal on Monday Night Football (via Sky Sports), and it doesn’t seem like the former Nice man has learnt.
As Ashley Young stood the ball up to the back post, Ospina was too close to the front post, meaning that he had a long way to travel across the goal before the ball reached Herrera.
The Spaniard’s finish also highlights the goalkeeper’s error: anytime a shot-stopper is beaten at his near post, his positioning must be questioned. Considering that Herrera’s shot was a side-footed one which lacked significant power, it should’ve been dealt with.
Get Petr Cech, Arsene!