Arsenal played host to Hull City this weekend after the two sides last met at the FA Cup fnal back in May.
How much can you learn from a last gasp draw? Could Gibbs legs be a little lengthened. Alexis’s shorts a bit more shortened and Flamini’s shoulders more broadened?
- Alexis for President
The 25-year old Chilean was the most impressive player on the pitch against Hull, scoring the first after good feet work and setting up the equalizer for Welbeck deep into regulation time. Starting off on the right, Alexis was more direct in his approach, appearing to be more comfortable with the having to move it naturally in a forward way on his right foot as against cutting in from the left. Though Cazorla was the Number 10, it was Alexis who did more of the creative work in the team and it may suggest he should actually be tried out in that position to take advantage of his power and trickery. Like in Chile’s World Cup game against Australia where he ran through the middle to set up Jorge Valdivia, Alexis could be deployed as a second striker to combine better with Welbz.
- Monreal “can play center-back”
Most fans didn’t pray for a day when Monreal will play center-back but it has come and gone without much being undone. If anything, he was even better than his partner on the day who was supposed to be the more experienced and natural in the role. Monreal had the backing of Arsene Wenger that he could do a job in that role in the absences of Koscielny and Calum Chambers, a vote of confidence which he duly justified against Hull. Agreed that Hull rarely troubled from regular open play but Monreal brought the comfort he usually has on the ball at left back into the center, keeping things calm and assured. He even managed to create a wonderful chance for Alexis which could have being the equalizer save for Jankupovic’s brilliant save.
- Mertesacker needs competition
He may be vice captain and may always come up with a way of making up for his errors, but like his captain, Mertesacker needs real competition. The fact he retired from Germany to focus on Arsenal is indeed laudable and deserving of legendary accolades but to really fulfill that, there’s got to be some guy on the bench ready to pounce when next he lands on his face like that.
- Baby Flamini
Four years in ITALY! and all you could do is whine? Flamini had the support of his teammates that he had been pulled by Diame en route the Hull equalizer but would a Schneiderlin or Matic have given in so easily? “You’re not so scary after all, Matt.”
- Bellerin is ready
In a game where little came from the old guard, the youngest man on the pitch proved his readiness to fight for his place with a very comfortable performance in defence. It won’t be a surprise if he made the team in the midweek game in Belgium, Chambers moving to the center. That boy is fast!
6. Campbell should be given more game time.
Frankly speaking, the Costa Rican 22-year-old brought along with him a different feel to the game upon his second half cameo. And it cant be denied that within the short time he had on the pitch he’s moves and passes where by far more accurate than some of the players already on the pitch before him. Although it can be argued that his fresh legs into the game could have contributed to it. The only way to find out is to give the young lad more game time. And sincerely speaking, he is overdue it already.
AND Speaking of Chambers…
Nicely suited in them French suits, looked like Le Prof himself watching on from the bench.
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