I have never cared much for the Carabao cup, but this defeat hurt. Spurs did not have to get out of third gear to earn their 2-0 victory and that was worrying. It illuminated the fact that our attack can’t afford to have an off night due to our inability to defend. Time and time again we continue to be undone by simple balls over the top. If Aubameyang and co aren’t scoring two or three, it’s going to be difficult to beat any team. I thought Emery had until the summer to start addressing our defence, but maybe he needs to start in January.
As it was the Carabao cup, I can forgive a little experimentation by the manger, and it’s hard to criticise the team when we created a plethora of great chances. We hit the post twice and Mkhitaryan should have put us ahead early on, but he lacked the poise of his opposite number 7 Heung Min Son whose precision run and finish put Spurs ahead. If he had of scored it may have been a different game. That being said, the experimentation at centre back with Xhaka is not working and we miss his presence in midfield. With the injury list mounting options are limited, but surely Monreal or youth team starlet Pleguezuelo could fill in.
One positive was the performance of Aaron Ramsey. His inclusion energised the attack and we looked far more dangerous than we have in recent weeks. His professionalism and attitude continue to impress and that brings me onto the Mesut Ozil conundrum. Emery said the number ten was left out of the Spurs game for “tactical” reasons, but the manager and the player are clearly at an impasse. We simply can’t afford to have a passenger who earns more that Harry Kane and Dele Alli combined! Emery needs to find a solution to the Ozil situation and quickly.
Next up: Burnley is a must win!
This will be a tough game, but it is a must win. I watched Burnley’s fixture against Spurs last weekend and they were unlucky not to get a point so they will be up for it. With Mustafi out injured Emery may be forced to use Koscielny again. We need Lacazette and Aubameyang back firing.
Come on Arsenal!