All. A. Bit. Disjointed. And slow and awkward, as though the team were all on a first date together. We probably shouldn’t have expected anything else to be fair.
I don’t think we can complain too much at the result, we didn’t create enough (that the closest we came to equalising was from a number of goalmouth scrambles, not from a clean strike at goal probably says it all) and if Hugo hadn’t been in quite such outstanding form the defeat might have been more emphatic. Having said that, in the second half they were there for the taking I thought and a side that had an idea of how it’s going to get goals, which we at the moment don’t, would’ve overturned the deficit. It’ll come though, once Eriksen is embedded, Soldado learns how to get more involved and Chadli and Lamela find their range. The word ‘gel’ will be used a lot in the coming months and not just in reference to Lamela’s hair.
We should just take this one philosophically. It’s obviously a disappointing result but I don’t think it’s worth dissecting the performance too much given the scale and number of changes that are ongoing.
My £62 got me a seat about 5 yards from the home fans behind the goal. That, and an encounter in the pub afterwards with a middle-aged couple of gooners who’d also been at the game is a reminder that the bigger the ground, the more knobbers can get in. “You can’t buy class” says one of the banners hanging down from the top tier in the ground, the irony is impressive.
Two weeks to brood, then it’s home to the Canaries.
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