Fucking awful. Was like watching any of a hundred such away games under Wenger over the last decade. Aimless tippy tappy passing, no chances created, no penetration, headless clown-like defending..... just awful.
The point augie people are making about Ozil is valid. He is long past his best but he is still the ONLY truly creative midfielder we have. And last night the thing we were so sorely and so obviously missing was someone with the ability to open up an (at times) 11 man defence with a decent weighted pass. Willock cannot do that. Dozer for all his work cannot do that. Xhakatard is a useless cùnt and can't even think about doing that. Forget this one dimensional media rubbish of "he doesn't run around enough". He doesnt suit Emery's required work rate or the pressing game? What bollocks. We don't have a pressing game and most of our players were strolling around last night. At least Ozil might create something. Until we can replace him with a cheaper and/or better player then he should start, get 60 minutes to create and, then if necessary, get hooked.
More importantly though why no Torreira? Was he injured? How the fuck can Xhakatard start ahead of Torreira? Madness.
We were poor all round but a couple of players were total shit. Boomerang was simply terrible just all over the place with no touch and no idea where and when to run. Willock is a child in a child's body and looks lost as fuck out there. Chambers was utter gash going forward. Loads of effort, loads of running.... whoopy fucking doo... his final ball is practically non existent.
Pepe is a 5 aside player. Lovely close control and some good tricks but ultimately cannot deliver the final product on a full pitch. He is my mate Barry!
His fucking shameful miss from 6 yards was like a child opting to use his favourite foot ffs. All he had to do was contact the ball with the instep of his right foot and it was in. His final ball and his attempts at goal are abysmal.
Make no mistake that blades side are proper shit and will be relegated in May and we were well out fought and at times out played by them. Abysmal.
Emery starting pepe and Xhakatard instead of Ozil and particularly Torreira is making a serious rod for his own back.