It will be a very merry Christmas this year. Wigan away is a tough game for any side and Saturday was no different.
Wigan lined up in their new 3-4-1-2 formation, allowing them to flood the midfield and forced us to try and play 4-5-1, with Poldi and the Ox dropping deep to add bodies in the engine room. This stifled our attacking rhythm considerably and the best play came from Wigan throughout.
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It was apparent very early on in the game that some of our key players were off the pace and oddly the biggest culprit was Theo, with Arteta a close second. Theo was consistently on his heels, running in the wrong direction and generally ineffective. If he is to be a centre forward, he needs a partner, his movement was very poor and on a day when he was a bit isolated he wasn
Strong words from Arsene this week, designed to achieve one thing – get Theo
Whatever the draw brings, we cannot be frustrated with last nights game. Arsene made the brave and correct decision to take a heavily weakened side to Greece with the job of trying to nick a result, but in truth it was just an excuse to give game time to fringe players.
There are positives to take from the game. As a learning exercise Jernade Meade had an excellent game and did his C.V. no harm at all with an assured performance at Left-back. Coquelin was combative, tenacious and stuck to his job fairly well. Chamakh did a decent job up front
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