What an odd game… thought we actually played really well… mostly… and then we nearly committed suicide again. We are a bit lucky they only scored 2 if I am honest. Our team still has no idea how to defend AS A TEAM. Bellerin individually was a shambles, but he had a tough task out there. Our midfield/defensive combo and communication is atrocious - don’t understand how we simply look like a random assemblage of players from back to mid sometimes.
Having said that, Jack, Ozil (bar his lack of finishing), and Sanchez were fantastic. I also have to give credit - Xhaka looked like a proper DM/DLP for once - dare I say Arteta-esque - kept it simple, moved it quickly, lots of one touches and seemed to have his wits about him more than normal.
One MAJOR caveat - Crystal Palace might as well have been playing “how do I make a game as easy as possible for an Arsenal team?” for about 70 minutes of the game. I seriously can’t imagine what that was about. We should have scored more and they could have scored more, but their tactical set up was tragic. It gave our midfield acres of space and lots of time - the exact wrong way to play against us.
Great result during busy period and an away 3 points… COYG!