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Key Points Taken From The Win Over Villa Including Thoughts On Szczesny, Wilshere & Cazorla

Arsenal beat Aston Villa 2-1 at the Emirates on Saturday thanks to a double from Santi Cazorla. Arsenal fan ‘Lloyd the Gooner’ gives his thoughts on the game:

Arsenal had to dig deep to beat Aston Villa 2-1 at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon thanks to a double from Santi Cazorla. Arsenal fan ‘Lloyd the Gooner’ gives his thoughts on the game:

Wojciech Szczesny

Szczesny – Needs to cut out the mistakes

The Villa game should have been a routine win. But this is Arsenal and we don’t (can’t) do those. How can a team with Wilshere and Cazorla labour so much? The answer lies in front and behind them.

Szczesny. Another error. There are clear deficiencies in his game that you do not need to be an expert to see. I don’t see Fabianski or Manone as the answer. I was pleased to see us linked with Valdes of Barcelona this week. He is 31, in his prime as a keeper, I would sooner see him than any Liverpool reject. Reina is too erratic for me these days.

It was good to see Jenkinson get a game against the Villa especially with uncertainty surrounding Sagna’s future. At his age and relative inexperience he takes time to find his game after not playing. I thought against Villa his pace helped us. He gives the team some much needed physicality. However, his crossing can be excellent but is inconsistent. Overall a plus.

Watching the Villa game I was struck by how easy it was to get at our back four. Even Barcelona have Busquets! They all tried, battled, fought but still poor opposition like the Brummies made chances. We are linked with so many players but this week Etienne Capoue was mentioned. Is he technically good enough? If only we could get the real Diaby back. That said, we do need someone who knows his limits and loves defending in midfield.

Wilshere is world class. Easy to say but happens to be true. You need a reason to watch games sometimes. Over the years I have trudged to Highbury or the Emirates only quickening my pace at the thought of a Brady or a Limpar. And what a joy it is these days to watch Jack! How has he gained speed after such a long injury break? His passing is much better now as well. The ball to Monreal for the winner, how good was that? You normally see straight balls for diagonal runs and vice versa. That was a straight run and a straight ball played with perfect weight…pure joy.

Cazorla has been a massive bonus this season. He hasn’t needed time to adapt and along with Jack you tell me of two more gifted playmakers.

I’m sorry to say it but big Giroud is a squad man at best if we are going to compete at the very top in Europe. Even against Villa he looked ordinary. But I think he can make an impact for us and I would keep him. The alternative (Bendtner and Chamakh) is too awful to contemplate!

Podoolski is an acquired taste isn’t he? You have to get used to the fact that he doesn’t like the dirty work, rarely goes past people and is quiet for long periods in a game. But when he is in the game he is so dangerous. He is as Arsene Wenger says efficient.

Theo has improved his game so much this season. He is the player to remember if you ever make a hasty judgement of a player in future. He can undo the best defences not consistently but often enough.

My summer will be much the better if we get a keeper, a defensive midfielder and a centreback. It will be even better if a top and I mean top forward arrives. We aren’t where we want to be at the moment but…are we far off?

What were your thoughts on the Villa game? What positions need strengthened in the summer? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. Fad

    February 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Valdes, amorebieta, villa are all very do-able. Plus a defensive midfielder who is big, strong, athletic, strong in the challenge. The oppoite of artet and ramsey.

  2. Prince

    February 24, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I like arsenal and the game they play and expecialy the game agnst baryan munich and i totally blame the goal keeper 4 al the goals arsenal conceded

  3. atid

    February 24, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    i think every position bar left back needs re-inforcing. 442 or a variant of it needs to be installed along with the scrapping of zonal marking. i want to see 2 players for every position plus a further x1 of top u21s to play theearly rounds of the cup and to cover injuries etc. we are carrying too many players that are not good enough and other that carry too many knocks. here is what i would keep and where i see us needing recruits
    gk – new signing, szcesney, martinez
    rb – new signing, jenkinson, bellerin
    cb – new signing, mertescaker, angha
    cb – vermaelen, koscielny, miquel
    lb – monreal, gibbs, meade
    rm – wilshire, arteta, ramsey
    dm – new signing, coquelin, frimpong
    lm – new signing, new signing, ryo
    am – cazorla, new signing, chamberlain
    rf – new signing,, walcott, afobe
    lf – podolski, giroud, campbell

    • Goonerboyo

      February 26, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      Can’t argue with this Atid.
      You’re in tune with Lloyd.
      Swansea’s Ki would fit the DM slot and cover CB.
      If only Wenger’s scouting team could rediscover their ability to turn up surprises.

  4. nabob

    February 24, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    My view on my darling Arsenal is that our back five are not ashame of conceding a goal, we have good center backs bt I must say here that is only Mertasacker that has giving his best, as for Vamelene and Kolcielny they should pls up their game, I think we just need one real center back, we also need an African enforcer like the celtic guy (Wanyama) and a tricky forwards in the form of Papis Cise and the Atletico Madrid man that he was linked to last month, I think with this will be close to winning a trophy

  5. tom

    February 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    this is where arsenal fans are deluded

    i am one of them, but i stopped reading after this, “The Villa game should have been a routine win”

    villa is a pretty good side, and the prem is a strong league nearly top to bottom. no game should be routine or anything close

    • fortune

      February 24, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      Villa are 18th with the worst goal difference in the premier league. For any top side, this match should have been a routine win.

  6. Eugene Danso

    February 24, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Get rid of the primary school goalkeepers.

  7. dave

    February 24, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    venger needs to spend BIG we need someone as good as yaya toure in midfield and we need a ok centre back also we need someone like borrusia dortmunds lewandowski and buy west broms ben foster in goal he is really good

  8. timbre

    February 25, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Hope Arsenal will get Mignolet as no.1 stopper. Szecsny seems lack of concentration. ( maybe seeing lot of porn movie)!!!

  9. mihir

    February 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    this is by far the perfect article i’ve ever read….
    you are SPOT ON with every point you made..
    your assessment of giroud,podolski,szecsny,the ball from wilshere,defensive mid….really you struck on the right chords..

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