- Sep 28, 2007
Good result for Arsenal I'd have thought
Yeah that's fair, for me it came down to what Didi Hamann flagged up on MOTD a few weeks ago when he called Toure a liability defensively. Everyone guffawed at the time but I'd say they see his point now. Toure needs a really good box to box tackler in beside him and Demicheles wasn't mobile enough to do it. Milner isn't as good as Fernandinho's level but he has a big engine.Garcia and Milner are injured apparently.... though not sure Milner is really up to Fernandinho's level. But also not sure that Demichelis is the only difference last night. Silva was the only really creative dribbler they had. Other times they'd have Nasri and Aguero there and might have found more space.
I think the thing was also that Mourinho listed players similar to the Arsenal bus-parking game in December, playing Luiz, Ramires and Matic. To me that looked like it was going to be a tight 4-3-3, Chelski playing for a 0-0 or 0-1, so Pelligrini didn't think about changing City's shape. But Chelsea actually played more like they do with the 4-2-3-1 (at least until the end). Ramires and Matic both nearly scored and Ramires was constantly getting into the box. It was more like they played against Liverpool than against Arsenal. In that light maybe City should have put something more in midfield. 20/20 hindsight innit. Great match anyway.
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