Arsenal put five past Fenerbahce in a record equaling night in the Champions League where 36 goals were scored in 8 games. However that record could have been broken had Almunia not been on the top of his game denying the Turkish side on a number of occasions.
The Positives- Movement and Speed
Let’s start what with Arsenal did well. The movement when The Gunners attacked was too good, especially on the counter where they could break in numbers. Walcott, Diaby and Adebayor had the Fenerbahce defense scared every time they received the ball because of their speed and power. They caused indecision as the defense didn’t know who or where to challenge, backing off at times.
The formation Arsene Wenger started with allowed Diaby to play right up with Adebayor and at goal kicks to add height. He was detailed to drop deeper when the team had to defend. Walcott was also given the freedom to come closer to Adebayor and get behind the defense with his pace. The five man midfield allowed The Gunners to pass in triangles, always providing an option either side of the possessor of the ball.
The Negatives- Indecision, high line and lack of pressure
From the good we move on to the bad and ugly. As mentioned at the beginning had it not been to the heroics of Almunia Arsenal may well have been looking at a 5-5 draw. Yes the Gunners had a makeshift defense but it is not alien to any of them. Maybe as all, apart from Clichy had not played there for a while could be a decent excuse. Silvestre had a shocker, who meant to be the tall, header of the ball defender Arsenal have been looking for is not good enough though as mentioned he has been injured for quite a while.
Daniel Guiza, La Liga’s top scorer last year was a thorn in the defense with his running behind the defense and maybe should have got a couple more goals. It is important not to just blame the defense; there was a lack of pressure from midfield which the Gunners are yet to be tested on this season. Couple this with indecision and a high line was invariably going to gift chances to the Fenerbahce forwards. The high line played required great positional and anticipation which was lacking.
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