An unwanted replay

It is what it is. I think if you would have sat down both managers before the game and suggested that it was just a single game, played on through 90 mins, extra time and then penalties if necessary they would have accepted that gladly. As it is, both teams face a replay in the middle of a very intense fixture list.


The game itself struggled to ignite to the level that we were all hoping. Two good footballing sides yet it was Arsenal with all of the football, but no penetration. We were flat. Swansea sat off us and hit us on the break, but neither side could find the breakthrough in a boring, flat, pedestrian first half.

Things had to change, we came out for the second half a bit more determined, but again nothing was really happening until Laudrup threw the first die, he cast on Michu and Pablo Hernandez and attempted to take the game to us. Michu, the bargain and best signing of the season took 1 minute and 13 seconds to display why the ridiculous transfer fee Swansea paid for him was the best business of the summer with a calm finish after shrugging off the BFG (caught under the ball) and then riding a late challenge from Koscielny before finishing past a sprawling Sczcesny.

Nothing was coming off for Arsenal and we needed changes. Wilshire kept trying and was getting visibly frustrated, he kept looking at the bench and nothing was happening. We still had 30 mins to play and we needed to change things. Ten minutes later Arsene threw on Podolski for Ramsey and that set fire to our game. The Gibbs/Poldi partnership has borne fruit this season and yesterday was no exception.

From the second he stepped on the pitch our intensity changed. Our slumped bodies suddenly sprang into life again and soon chances started falling for us. Theo thumping wide, Giroud who had been one of the brighter lights of the second half continuing his steady work and Cazorla started to find space and time to start affecting play. Podolski fired wide after good work in the box when offside and it seemed like the tide had again turned in our favour.

Podolski showed again why I think he should be centre-forward. He finds space in the box extremely well. If Theo is excelling up front, then Podolski

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