Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wigan 2 - Arsenal 2

Arsene Wenger made 8 changes in the Arsenal side that defeated Chelsea on Monday. That was probably a mistake, as a sloppy, incohesive Arsenal side gave up a late game-tying goal to 10-man Wigan (after N'Zogbia was sent off for head-butting Jack Wilshire). Wigan took an early lead in the match on a questionable penalty call. But Arsenal fought back to take a 2-1 halftime lead. Arsenal's first goal came on an exquisite bicycle kick by the otherwise out-of-form Andrei Arshavin. Arsenal midfielder Denilson, inserted in the starting line-up in place of Monday's man-of-the-match Alex Song, had a very poor match. He was spraying bad passes all over the field, did not work back hard enough on defense. Indeed, his matador-like  defensive technique opened up the Arsenal defense for Wigan's game-tying goal. Squillace also continues to look a very weak link in the center of Arsenal's defense. On the other side of the coin, I thought Rosicky (taking Fabregas's place), Chamakh and Bendtner, all had very good games today. Bendtner scored Arsenal's second goal.

Today's result is a tremendous disappointment after Arsenal's big win on Monday. They had an opportunity to go joint top of the table with Man U and Man City.

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