From Jim Johnson:
Went to the Emirates at the weekend and had the dubious pleasure of seeing West Ham for the second time in a fortnight.
They were much improved on their trip to Anfield and this Arsenal side is so much a work in progress that Unai will take a long time working out his best eleven.
Cech: At fault for the goal. Witness the impressive Fabianski getting down much quicker to a tougher shot from Ramsey. He’s in the team for senior squad member harmony but he’s on borrowed time.
Bellerin: Remains one of our main threats going forward but poor concentration exposed by poor decision making from covering players and new tactics still bedding in.
Monreal: Still the most professional player in this squad.
Mustafi: Exposed by the midfield but better than at Chelsea.
Sokratis: He’ll get better.
Iwobi: Was hauled off at the interval to make way for Lacazette. My sense though is that Unai likes him and there was one moment when he tracked back to dispossess an attacker. More of this please.
Xhaka: Just no. Make it stop.
Guendouzi: The crowd love him. Always available for the ball. A real prospect. The minute he started giving the ball away early in the second half was hooked for Torreira.
Mikitharyan: Our best player on the day. Has class and technique and it bodes well for us that he played under Klopp which suggests he will thrive under Emery.
Ramsey: Looked leggy and heavy to me. Sign up or ship out I reckon. I like Rambo but if his agent is playing silly beggars, he’s not influential enough to not be adequately replaced by what’s here. How about giving Nelson a run?
Aubameyang: A little out of sorts and definitely looked better after the introduction of Lacazette. He’ll be OK.
Lacazette: Should be a definite starter at Cardiff.
Welbeck: I’ve always liked him. You need a few solid citizens who’ll run all day for you. If he was good enough for Fergie, we know who to blame for his career stalling…
As for the likes of Elneny, he’s been leapfrogged by a 19-year-old from Ligue 2 who’s looked first pick from the new head coach in the game 1,2 & 3 and will surely move on by the end of Jan. Expect Maitland-Niles to emerge.
Ozil has apparently missed 7 games through ‘illness’ since the beginning of 2017. £300k per week? Pffffttttt….!
I’ve already lowered my expectations in the medium-term. But I will say this: Arsenal will win at Cardiff on Saturday.
Last night Cardiff lost 1-3 to Norwich in the Carabao Cup Round 2 and Neil Warnock’s priority is to stay up.
Arsenal will definitely outclass Cardiff.