Compare and contrast the feeling of this draw with our last one, the draw against Sheffield United. The context of a game is so important in terms of how it makes you feel, and somewhat against the odds last night, the point we earned from the 2-2 with Chelsea feels very, very good indeed.
Then came the sending off. Shkodran Mustafi made a basic error, as he has before – too many times for me to have any sympathy for him – and when Tammy Abraham drove into the box, David Luiz pushed him over to deny a clear goalscoring opportunity. It’s a red card and I had been worried about the Brazilian from the start. He’s an emotional guy as we all know, but you could see the occasion was affecting his performance on his return to his old club and all the rest. Did that impact his decision making? Perhaps, but how he thought he could get away with that kind of foul in that position is beyond me.
至于Mustafi,这是他做什么。也许是a manager you have to experience Mustafi going full Mustafi to fully understand him, that has happened to Arteta now. The new boss doesn’t have a lot to work with at centre-half though, and despite the mountain of evidence that told us very clearly the former German international should be playing football for someone else now, the people in charge of recruitment have failed to build the squad properly from a defensive point of view so this one is as much on them as anyone else. The fact that post-error Mustafi played pretty well just sums up the problem with him. He threw himself about, some of his last-ditch defending was great, but he’s always capable of mixing that stuff with something which makes it impossible to win a game and you just can’t keep playing someone like that.
正如预期的那样约尔金霍局促点球为1-0，并在短期格兰尼特·扎卡在中卫开槽，而阿尔特塔认为他的选择。有趣的是，听他谈话赛后约how he decided against bringing Rob Holding onbecause he didn’t want to send that message to his team. It would have meant sacrificing an attacking player, and on TV they were suggesting that Gabriel Martinelli was going to be the man to come off. In the end, he stuck with what he had, and it turned out to be the right decision.
Xhaka是，在我看来，优秀的中卫。发生了这么多事他本赛季，但其他人一样他阿尔特塔下蓬勃发展。这个Granaissanceis unexpected, but in a position that’s not his own but one he’s actually quite suited to, he won tackles, headers, made clearances and demonstrated the kind of calm assurance on the ball you need in situations like the one we found ourselves in. Instead of Chelsea turning the screw as I had expected, we grew into the game, and looked more solid.
Lampard threw on a few substitutes to try and get from his team, and although Leno had to make a couple of saves, nothing really worked. The game moved into the final 10 minutes, and I thought their second goal was preventable despite our one man deficit. I don’t want to hammer home the Mustafi thing, but when the ball broke to Abraham, I was shouting at the TV for him to make the early foul and stop the counter. Look again at where he could have done that:
他没有，他得到了旁路，并赢得了切尔西一个角球。有趣的是，亚伯拉罕与围板碰撞时拿起一个伤害。我觉得有越位的触摸/妨碍打球，他一瘸一拐地回来，因为他们采取了快速定位球，但球排在Azpilicueta在前面跑静态防御，使其2-1。I’ll admit at that point I thought our chances of getting anything from the game were gone, and that we’d have to put this down as a plucky defeat from which we’d have to just focus on the positives that were definitely there.
However, the players showed some real spirit and character, basicallydoing what Arteta had told them to do尽管不利的，而当球来到埃克托尔·贝列林外面的框，蹒跚着亚伯拉罕的存在起到了我们的第二个均衡器的一部分。他几乎不能移动，因为伤过，所以当天晚上切队长在他的体内容易卷曲左脚射门超出£80米阿穆尼亚，使其2-2。
It’s no wonder Arteta was proud afterwards, saying:
I am. The spirit they showed, the character, the fight and the leadership was there as well. You have to really stand up. When someone makes a mistake, it can happen in football, so someone has to take a red card for him. It can happen. What cannot happen is that afterwards we don’t stand up for him. Every single player did it with belief as well.
We’re playing with a lot of young kids and what they’ve shown tonight is going to be a great experience for them, to keep believing that in football if you put everything in, anything can happen. In that sense, it’s top.
有时候，一场平局感觉就像是在心脏匕首，其他时候它只是不如一场胜利，当谈到如何应对它。阿森纳还没有一支球队在最近次逆境科佩斯良好，所以看到我们做什么我们做昨晚在这种情况下是显着的，非常讨人喜欢。这是我们可以建立，并采取了很多积极的从性能。It wasn’t all good, obviously, but if you’re Arteta and you want to know and learn about the character of your players and what they’re capable of, not to mention convincing them that they can do things like this, last night was hugely beneficial.
我们的普洛古莱s under the new manager when it comes to results is incremental; but in terms of what he’s done with this squad, how he has changed the attitude and the mindset, what he’s getting from them individually and collectively, and just the way we play the game, it’s been massive. It’s why I feel confident that if we continue in this vein, the results will definitely come.
Podcast fans, James and I are recording a podcast this morning. Due to time constraints it’s not a full Arsecast Extra so we’re not taking questions, but we’ll have a good chat about the game itself, and how it all went down. That should be be available for you mid-morning, so stay tuned for that.
更多的反应和新闻一整天Arseblog News。Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to watch the Martinelli goal another thirty-seven times.