Olivier Giroud’s injury-time strike against Liverpool remains our last goal at the Emirates for 270 minutes as we have failed to score at home for the third consecutive match. It was a game where Sunderland had a lot more at stake and that probably worked in their favour.
Here are the key points from the game.
10.We haven’t been able to break organized defences at the Emirates for 270 minutes.
It seems that Jose Mourinho’s park-the-bus tactic has caught on among the managers in England, as they seem to not to hop off the team bus that drives them to the Emirates. We don’t use width of the pitch properly, especially when we start the game with four players (Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Özil) that feel most comfortable in the middle. That narrows our attack, leaves pace-less Giroud without space to work with, and leaves us depending on our full-backs overlapping.
9.What is even more worrying, we could have lost all three games.
We have lost one match during this win-less streak at home but we could have lost the remaining two as well. Chelsea came close to scoring when Oscar sent the ball over David Ospina – who brought him down. It could have easily been given as a penalty and a red card for our Colombian keeper. Sunderland had at least two huge opportunities to deliver a sucker-punch but luckily for us Steven Fletcher didn’t convert either.
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8.The linesman’s mistake could have cost us a defeat.
Had Steven Fletcher scored a sitter instead of sending the ball over the bar, we would have been a goal down. The thing is, the linesman should have signaled that Fletcher was offside, but for some mysterious reason he kept his flag down. The poor decision continues to raise inevitable questions about the competence of the referees in England.