Everton Review,Giroud and our FA Cup draw

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Great game yesterday against Everton; to be honest I missed the most part of it. Had the in-laws over and with the wife out meant I had to do the hosting. Had two Chelsea fans and one united fan amongst them and in between the beer, ensuring they were comfortable and arguing with the two Chelsea fans (something I have told myself I really should never do again), I couldn’t concentrate on the game. Funny how the United fan was somewhat subdued during the whole conversation, sad times , really sad times up there at Old Trafford. If you find a United fan anywhere kindly give them a shoulder they really do need it.

However, they left just in time for me to watch the last 13 minutes and I wish I could capture the joy I felt when Ozil sent us ahead after some fine work from Rosicky and Walcott. Sadly it didn’t last long as after Barca bullied Cesc to leave us you would think they owed us and not send one of their loanees Gerrad Deulofeu to score against us and ensure we don’t take full points from the game. Could Gibbs have done better with dealing with him, opinions are somewhat divided as like arse2mouse stated in his blog post after the game, he was just as concerned by Coleman who was pulling away and was in a position to receive a pass from Deulofeu. I feel he should have made up his mind sooner and closed him down, worst case Coleman would have received the pass and be forced to cross it into the box and we can trust Per and Kos to comfortably deal with it, also his being static also clouded our goalies direct line of sight of the ball hence he couldn’t deal with it even though it came straight at him. That been said, sometimes we just have to fold our hands and admit that was a super strike and let Gibbs off.

Looking at the big picture, we had a chance to go 7 points clear ahead of the game with City and Chelsea but now have five. Would we have taken this if it were offered to us at the beginning of the season, definitely. You are still considered a contender if you are five points behind the log leader how much so when you are five points ahead, so while we might moan at the result because we are getting used to winning we must also realize we are in a healthy position and I feel we would definitely get points off our next two games. Chelsea have conceded six in their last two games and we should be able to take advantage of their leaky defence. Everton have never really been pushovers even under Moyes and Martinez seems to have made them play with a lot more belief and confidence. While Moyes is a more reactive manager, Martinez seems not afraid to travel and still keep his team attacking in large numbers and it’s evident from the way they play against the big sides getting maximum points from Chelsea and Man United and drawing us and City

Everton team not afraid to attack

Everton team not afraid to attack

Didn’t really watch the whole game and even though I have seen the highlights, I don’t think I have a right to analyze individual performances but just a little word on Giroud. Lovely bloke and we can’t really fault his contribution thus but if he is ever going to be an Arsenal great in the mould of strikers at the club before him like Wright and Henry he really needs to be more clinical in front of goal. There is no better striker in the league when it comes to link up play and bringing others in but he seems to be lacking this mad hunger all great strikers have to go out there and bang in goals. I tweeted earlier from the @canoncrested handle that Giroud got off easy with his miss kick before Ozil’s goal, had Bendtner done the same thing he would have received fire and brimstone from Gooners like he did after the United miss. Full credit for his effort at the end of the game that came off the bar but that’s what we want to remember our top striker for, strikes that win games. He sure needs more match winning goals to get him up there with the very best.

A little on our FA Cup draw, it doesn’t come any easy right? After Napoli, its City then Chelsea and at the end of December we get a resurgent Newcastle side still the luck of the draw picked Spurs to play us. Can we do one over them? Surely we can and if there is any team we would love to send out of the competition it’s Spurs especially considering our huge hunt for a trophy this season. The FA Cup is a great outlet to get one since it’s the last one we won so it would be nice to use it to break our trophy drought. Fans live for games like this and we can be certain the atmosphere for the game would be amazing. It’s more important that we don’t lose any momentum going into the game, beat Chelsea and City or at least four points from both games and the squad will be in a very inspired position to crush Spurs same way bad results in both games can affect confidence and make the Spurs game harder to win.

Share your thoughts on the game, 2 points dropped or 1 gained?? Should we sign a striker in January and our FA Cup draw on our comments sections beneath or on twitter @canoncrested .

It’s Napoli up next and we should have a preview up on the site tomorrow, kindly visit again. Have a great week .




12 thoughts on “Everton Review,Giroud and our FA Cup draw

  1. Pbucci

    Great write-up!! Been disspointed with Giroud’s performances for the past few weeks. Not scored in back to back games since we stopped playing wide. He plays like he’s forgotten the whole midfield’s working for him, expecting him to finish up all the hard work that’s been done. He’s such a great team player, linking up so well with the 3 CAMs but his central forwatd play is just so so annoying. I hate to believe he is comfortable with his game cuz he feels AW has little choices other than him. Beautiful, heartbreaking game though. And by the way, when I saw the FA cup fixtures and knew we were pitted against Spuds, I was so delighted and couldn’t surpress my laughter amidst applause!! I think I’ve said too much, imma leave now!

    1. SimonSEEZ Post author

      Lol..
      There is never too much when you talking about Arsenal, Giroud really needs to have that killer instinct that great strikers have. During the summer he welcomed the idea of us signing another striker, hopefully he still feels that way and competition does bring out the best in people. About the draw, honestly I would rather we got Derby County 🙂

  2. Offiong Onoyom

    Just imagine if ozil wasn’t on hand to finish d chance Giroud missed, we probably would av lost d game. I dnt know what we do with Giroud in training , but he needs to be told to show more adventure and hunger for goals. He musnt depend on d team creating for him he shd try to shoot more often. I tnk he has only scored one goal outside d box in his arsenal career so far. Just goes to show his dependence on d teams Creativity.

    1. SimonSEEZ Post author

      True, not really concerned from where he finishes from but the shot he took at the end of the game showed he has power in his foot and he should look to exploit it more often. He needs to be a decisive factor, he needs to have more match winning goals like he did against Spurs

  3. Olayinka

    Been trying to run away frm dropping ‘a’ comment,bt it seems I have to,I agree wit Offiong..this Giroud guy is just unbelievable..aw in the world wld a striker miss dt kinda goal dt theo put on a plate for him,thank God Ozil was dre as Pbucci said,cos if he wasn’t dre,we prolly wld av lost dt match..yes I don’t like Giroud..frm day ..he is not d kind of striker u can rely on in fact I can’t call him a striker,cos if I do,I wld be insulting the likes of henry,,ibra,costa etc..do I blame him?no!I blame wenger,why wld u go and buy a supporting striker and tell us he is a stryker,every1 is going on abt Giroud’s linkup play,really?!is dt y he is in d team?to link up?link who up?for God’s sake he is a striker,his PRIMARY objective is to SCORE goals not ‘link’ any1 up!d henry,suarez,ibra,CR7 gt to where dy r now thru ‘linking up’?..by d way Simon,I totally disagree wit ur take on his shot dt hit d crossbar,dt shot was js a FORTUNATE swipe at d ball,I’m not givinh him an measure of credit for dt..also Gibbs did all he had to do,he showed d barca lad the line,he stood his ground,d only mistake was not making up his mind to either follow coleman or stick to deulofeu and d blame wld be shared wit either rosicky/Kos for not covering for him,twas a 2-on-1 situation for some seconds…we need a STRIKER!!..not a french ‘link up’ player if we want to win anytin ds season!..Everton played well no doubt…as for d draws,spurs wld be tuff,bt as usual,we got dm in our back pockets

  4. Olayinka

    Been trying to run away frm dropping ‘a’ comment,bt it seems I have to,I agree wit Offiong..this Giroud guy is just unbelievable..aw in the world wld a striker miss dt kinda goal dt theo put on a plate for him,thank God Ozil was dre as Pbucci said,cos if he wasn’t dre,we prolly wld av lost dt match..yes I don’t like Giroud..frm day 1,so u can undastand my anger..he is not d kind of striker u can rely on in fact I can’t call him a striker,cos if I do,I wld be insulting the likes of henry,,ibra,costa etc..do I blame him?no!I blame wenger,why wld u go and buy a supporting striker and tell us he is a stryker,every1 is going on abt Giroud’s linkup play,really?!is dt y he is in d team?to link up?link who up?for God’s sake he is a striker,his PRIMARY objective is to SCORE goals not ‘link’ any1 up!d henry,suarez,ibra,CR7 gt to where dy r now thru ‘linking up’?..by d way Simon,I totally disagree wit ur take on his shot dt hit d crossbar,dt shot was js a FORTUNATE swipe at d ball,I’m not givin him any measure of credit for dt..also Gibbs did all he had to do,he showed d barca lad the line,he stood his ground,d only mistake was not making up his mind to either follow coleman or stick to deulofeu and d blame wld be shared wit either rosicky/Kos for not covering for him,twas a 2-on-1 situation for some seconds…we need a STRIKER!!..not a french ‘link up’ player if we want to win anytin ds season!..Everton played well no doubt…as for d draws,spurs wld be tuff,bt as usual,we got dm in our back pockets

  5. SimonSEEZ Post author

    Breathe Yinka, breathe

    Seems you just had to let it all out. Giroud actually is a good striker, might not be in the league of Suarez and Costa but what he brings to the game is far more than goals (oh my bad, you don’t like to hear of his link up play) but when you play a 4-5-1 like we do it somewhat isolates your striker and it’s on his to link up well with his midfield

    He can develop, he has all the requirements to, Wenger and the awesome midfield he has behind him. Lets see how it goes

    1. Olayinka

      Trust me,I like him now,if I was supposed to drop ds comment last season,it wld av been worse!…abt d style of football we play,..suarez played in a similar role last season,soldado played in a similar role,Ibra in a similar role,,falcao in a similar role..let me tell u the truth,Giroud is a good player,we need a WORLD beater to win a trophy!..see giroud wn he comes up against ‘big teams’,all he does is to go and hide behind a defender(immediate reminder: our match against united some weeks ago)…dres a big diff btw a good striker and a world beater,all I want is giroud to be in d middle of dt range I wld be fine,bt NO,what do I get,a player doing hide-n-seek,and he is annoyingly comfy cos wenger won’t buy!…av u ever tot of what wld happen if we av 2weekends of no goals from our midfield?..don’t even get me started all over again…I agree he is a good player,I don’t d ‘good mediocre players’..Arsenal deserves way more dan dt!..yes he can improve,I doubt he will,cos he doesn’t av any competition

  6. dozie

    @olayinka… Giroud has always bn like dis, don’t tell me u just noticed all these? Well truth is I think wenger shud be more proactive on d striker issue n get us sm1 better in Jan. While d transfer window is closed we can only support our players right now cos that’s what we owe dem and hope dis giroud situation is resolved in Jan. As bad as u think he is if he gets injured u wud know his value to d team. Let’s hope he links us up with d trophy in may lols

    1. Olayinka

      Dozie,no way…Giroud was not like ds,he was worse sef,dts y I like him abit now,bt I’m not a fan of his,I wld never be..as for supporting the club,u know I do dt 110%,bt giroud is not and wld not be d man to lead us…if he gets injured I’m sure bendtner wld step in,we av seen what Bendtner can do if given the chance and when he is not running his mouth…

  7. Ahmed

    @dozie, I quite agree wit u. Giroud’s nt a world class striker. Nt even in d klass of d mediocres bt his impact wil b criosly felt if he get injured…AW nids 2 act. We nid a striker who can realy do somtin on his own nt a striker lukin 4whom 2link up wit…SMH 4him…he nids chalenge.

    1. dozie

      @ahmed i dont even think competition wud help OG12, its not just in him i guess. he is working his socks off, i really think he makes a squad player at best not sm1 to rely on to win silverwares… till jan if wenger does nothing about this then God help us

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