5 Things We Must Learn From Sunderland Game. The Good, Bad & Ugly.


  1. We CAN

Two away games have we prosecuted in less than 72 hours, two which appeared as winnables on paper. We have come through both with maximum points but it must be the most humorous 6 points we ever won. Three minutes of pressure saw us cart away with the loot from Belgium, and two horror shows gifted us two goals at Sunderland. It’s been tough coming from that Hull draw but after seeing off these, you kind of think the confidence will be a notch restored when Burnley visit next week. What it shows, though, is that even when the team’s verve is at a low, the belief remains and we keep pushing. And we can win ugly, even keeping a clean sheet.

  1. Szczesny’s still got issues

Wojciech Szczesny, for all his potential, may find himself on the Arsenal bench sooner than later if a very good goalkeeper comes around. He just doesn’t know how to do the simple things like kicking a football long and hard and away from danger. What was with the header  from the edge of his area, and to think that Patrick Van aanholt made a mess of that opportunity highlights Sunderland’s weakness. Szczesny is hardly a youngster at 24 and must see this season as his last chance of making that Number 1 jersey permanent. He’s not going to do that, though, by giving us heart-in-mouth moments every day of the week. Ospina may be injured for the next three months but Emi Martinez may have a say soon. Watch it Woj!

  1. Cazorla out!

Cazorla is currently the one person in the starting XI who does not have a defined role, and quite frankly, has contributed nothing over the past four games. His legs seem to have grown shorter by the season and his shooting incredibly wayward. Starting in the Number 10 role, most of his duties ended up being delivered by Alexis. As at Anderlecht, Cazorla continued to waste glorious chances to put our game to bed. Rather than keep a dysfunctional bolt in the engine, may be Wenger will consider bringing in someone who can do as much defensively as with creating attacks. With Walcott to return, perhaps Oxlade-Chamberlain should slot in.

  1. 10 more Alexis

Not like it’s something new that we learn how strong Alexis is. It’s becoming increasingly clear that he is the man to look up to for this season and it is not a bad thing. Every team needs a figure head magician, Hazard for some, Di Maria for others. His two goals would not have come if not for his persevering fight in pursuit of the error, Brown’s own especially, as he began chasing even before the former United got the ball. Now imagine we had 10 other men of the Chilean’s mentality. Piers Morgan says we’ll win everything.

  1. Man vs Woj

You had to be sorry for Mannone, though he could have actually gifted us a goal much earlier from Chamberlain’s cross. He’s now shipped ten goals in two games but then you still may fancy him rivaling Szczesny?

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    Arsenal never learns at all

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