Bale scored and looked pretty dangerous throughout.
wut? Sure he had the goal (which was on Per and TV5, not the MF) only other good chance was on that BAE cross where he took it wrong-footed (on Monreal). He had a long range pot shot on a rebound. He was a threat for 2 instances. I thought we did quite well on him overall, though clearly the goal is all that really matters.
Beast, stats don't tell the whole story, and I'm pretty sure those aren't correct anyway. Where is the red line indicating the cross that he SKY'D over everyone?
And his shot at the end that went well wide
See, this is why I think you guys are just hating on him because he's Ramsey. One terrible cross gets exaggerated to an indictment of his whole performance. Passing it backwards, what 12 times in a game, becomes "EVERY TIME." He's not supposed to create in that position. He's supposed to swing it out to Jenkinson, feed it to the playmakers Wilshere, Santi, or Walcott, or to recycle possession. The stats show he did that pretty well today. I don't think he played great, but he did well. He, Arteta, and Jenkinson were the only 3 I thought played well today. The rest were average to poor.
As for Poldi, he hasn't played because of what I've talked about a lot, including before the last match. Wenger doesn't seem to trust Jack positionally to play the double pivot. We did it earlier in the year to mixed results and he's settled on Jack in the advanced role with Ramsey/Diaby alongside Arteta. Then the choice becomes who sits in the front 3. Wenger has chosen to keep Santi in and play more possession-oriented, intricate football by putting Santi in the same position he played at in Villareal. I don't know if he's afraid to go away from Giroud after how helpless we looked without a target man up top against Bayern, but at this point, it seems the only way Poldi gets starts is if Giroud sits. Though if we're fully going for it against Bayern, I'd imagine we'll role the dice with a Santi-Jack-Arteta midfield 3 and a Poldi-Giroud-Theo front 3 and hope goals arise.
Considering our inability to crack defenses with intricacy, I'd be down for Poldi getting a start and one of Jack or Santi sitting in the next league match. Need to inject some pace and widen things up. I also think the loss of Gibbs has negatively affected Poldi. Not only did Gibbs and Poldi have a good rapport, its much easier for the new guy Monreal to integrate if he's sharing the left side with an old friend.
This post was edited on 3/3 at 7:25 pm