You wouldn’t think you could learn anything from a performance that was a carbon copy of a thousand we’ve watched before, but we did.
Well, maybe we were simply reminded of some things we’d tried desperately to forget over the summer.
Ian Wright doesn’t love Arsenal as much as he used to
A pundit on BT Sport, Ian Wright was practically begging Calum Chambers to leave the club after he wasn’t selected for the game against Leicester. Not only that, the man who once said that his biggest regret was leaving Arsenal, said Jamie Vardy was right not to join and he wouldn’t sign for Arsenal these days.
Arsenal will never learn how to break down a team that defends deep
We’ve tried for ten years. It’s time we stopped living in hope.
Takuma Asano will be going on loan
Arsenal, it seems, have not been able to secure a work permit for the young forward so he’ll no doubt be planted somewhere in Spain until he becomes European. Best hurry up before Brexit happens…if it ever does.
Wenger confirms Takuma Asano has not got work permit. Will be loaned to Germany or France.
— Simon Collings (@sr_collings) August 20, 2016
Alexis Sanchez is not a striker
We’ve tried it, can we stop now, especially if we are going to insist on playing as if Olivier Giroud was in the side by lofting high balls into the Chilean? If you must insist on playing him there, then you must change the system. They are not interchangeable players no matter how much you will them to be.
Mark Clattenburg doesn’t hate us completely
Yes, he could have booked a few Leicester players, but, on balance, Clatts as we shall call him now he’s our friend, could have sent off Francis Coquelin and we’d have had no complaints.
He also should have given a penalty in injury time at the end of the game against Hector Bellerin but, despite looking straight at it from just a few yards away with no-one between him and the incident, he decided not to.
I don’t quite know what to make of that, really as I’m used to the opposite happening – penalties being given at the death for dives.
It’s a crazy world, alright.
That will probably be our only bit of good fortune all season courtesy of an official.