Putting Arsenal's 2-2 draw in the North London Derby under the microscope
Our expectations and City’s perfection make every draw feel like a loss, but the real problem is that we gifted them this point (just as we did Fulham).
I understand why Arteta went with Nketieh, but my gut instinct pre kick off was that we should have started Jesus at 9. And given he’s not ready for 90’ Eddie would have been fine as a option off the bench.
Arteta lands on this lineup by deciding Jesus is better on the wing than Nelson. Correct. But he’s even better at CF and that’s what we really needed.
I’m sure this is one Arteta will use as a reference point for future games.
A missed opportunity.
Great analysis once again Billy, a fantastic addition to the online Arsenal experience, and further confirmation that we have some of the most informed and intelligent football fans on the planet.
Great piece! If you could discuss a bit about how arsenal’s ball progression has changed since rice came into the side, it would be great.
Reading this has been therapeutic, finally found some answers to some of the things I was worried about and couldn’t figure out an explanation for, thank you.
Reading this felt like much-needed therapy after Sunday lol. Great read as always, thanks Billy
Always enjoy reading your work Billy, even if we weren’t particularly good 🥲. Fair to say the Havertz experiment has been a bit hit or miss so far but I’m curious to know what promise you see in the Martinelli/Trossard/Havertz left pod. You mentioned in an earlier article how you liked the look of that and I’ll be honest I wasn’t sure I did after Fulham. Care to share what positives you saw from that pod against Fulham?
Absolutely love reading these Billy. Really helps me understand the game at a deeper level and see how individual performances makeup the team's performance. Thank you.
Thanks for the insightful analysis, as always. What do you make of the Ivan Toney links for £60m? Feels like a sideways upgrade from Nketiah (considering age and price tag) and that we should be targeting another midfielder. Who would your next targets be?
Billy, very well analysis of the game. As you mentioned and I did notice during the game, we did pressed very well in the first half and got quite a few loose balls but those 50/50 mostly went to Spurs way. This is a game of fine margin and not having the “luck” was a major factor of not getting all 3 points.
Also have to give Spurs some credit of playing like a team actually wanted to win the game. But still early in the season and I feel it is more of a new manager bounce period for them than actual progression, what do you think.
One thing still bothers me. Saka was fine until Udogie fell on him, wasn't he? I didn't notice he was in pain or some of the sorts for a long while until that point. And please tell me what minute Saka first show the sign that he couldn't carry on anymore? The only time that he looked like he couldn't run anymore and stayed out of the play was during the injury time.
Thank you, Billy.
Thanks for all your efforts as always. Very well written.
My only question is: I understand Jesus needs to play striker and drop deep so he can do his playmaking, but isn't requiring your striker to do this playmaking kind of a crutch. Shouldn't the goal be for our chance creation to be good enough without needing the involvement of the striker?