7.Per Mertesacker forces us to play with a deep back-line.
Steven Fletcher’s other chance however, suggests that we still have a problem that we might have forgotten during our good streak. Fletcher – who is not exactly Usain Bolt’s biggest rival – roasted Mertesacker and led a counter-attack that he should have finished, but Ospina saved both us and Mertesacker from severe blushes. The thing is, Fletcher’s counter-attack came straight after a dangerous attack of our own, when Mertesacker was standing about 40-50 yards away from our goal. That proves Mertesacker’s pace pretty much forces us to play with a deeper back-line if we don’t want to suffer from the counter-attacks.
6.Santi Cazorla should be given a rest.
The Spaniard gave another poor performance, and it’s becoming frustrating to watch him in this narrow formation of ours. He regularly takes one touch too many, and his passes don’t hit the target. Unfortunately, Wenger still didn’t realize that our game going forward was improved after he had substituted Cazorla.
5.Tomas Rosicky should have been given more playing time this season.
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The Czech maestro has gone through a rather weird season in which he hasn’t had too many injuries and – despite the fact he has scored three goals from open play – hasn’t had enough playing time. He was close to scoring immediately after the introduction and his drive was missed a lot in our attacking game this season.