I think I’ve finally got to the same point as many Arsenal fans where yesterday’s result left me feeling numb. It had a sense of inevitability about it. When we were 1:0 up at half time I knew Palace would score next and they did. We were so desperate for that second goal that we threw the kitchen sink at them, forgetting that Bolasie and Sako are two of the fastest, yet least productive(in fairness) wingers in the league.

Bolasie did nothing all game, he couldn’t control a pass, he has no actual technical ability whatsoever, but that didn’t mean we could leave him completely open all game, despite the fact that time and time again he was unable to exploit the space and opportunity given to him.


Yet even a broken clock is correct twice a day and Bolasie got it right, controlled the ball, stepped inside and hit a reverse shot inside the near post – catching out Cech and avoiding the block by Coquelin. I wasn’t angry, I was waiting for it and when it came we just didn’t look like we could get a winner. Yesterday was a massive opportunity to pull back some ground on those above us, given that we have our game in hand on Thursday.

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