Arsenal 2-0 Manchester City: David Luiz ABSOLUTELY IMMENSE for the Gunners – Steve Nicol | FA Cup

published on July 24, 2020

Welcome into latest edition of espn fc i'm dan thomas only one place to start today's program and that's at wembley arsenal two manchester city nil in the semi-final of the fa cup a brace from pierre-emerick aubameyang proven to be to be the difference

Between the two sides here's to discuss the match with me shaq and his off donation and stevie nick off stevie let's start with you where did this come from well you got to say that arsenal did

Something that i really didn't think they were capable of and and as individuals defensively i didn't think they were capable of it as well so i mean what a performance from uh okay you could say at times they had every

Man behind the ball but you still got to be in good positions you still got to make good decisions and you still got to make smart challenges and and quite frankly martin

Isn't gold didn't really have too much to to do himself because the men in front of him were so good at the same time i think this has to be

The worst man city performance under pre since he's got there i mean it was just awful defensively nothing happened very quickly in the middle of the park and up front an

Absolute shadow of a team who we were saying before this game would create chances but would they be able to take them well you know what they didn't create anything and when you don't create you can take it so

I think we're going to have to praise arsenal defensively because we have given them pelters particularly david louise i've given him a lot of stick but today i thought he was

Absolutely immense well let's stay with the positive shall we stevie and talk about arsenal in a little more depth you you were given the uh the task of in the player ratings for arsenal aubameyang one out of ten

David lewis nine out of ten tier 89 mustafi nine incredible well you know what when you don't make a mistake at all and when you

When you are one of the main reasons why your team has beaten one of the best and probably the before this game they were favorites for the champions league when you do everything correct you

Deserve to get praise and that's why mustafi gets nine again i've given mustafi pelters yep he's put a performance in today that he hasn't done in an arsenal shot for well i don't know whether he's ever been as

Good as he was today that's it in its shaka these arsenal players rising to the occasions and we have been so critical of them however on today's showing their defense was

Exceptional yeah without question and i totally agree with steve i'll go so fast to say if we were doing those scores um in comparison to what we've seen from mustafi

Tierney and louise over recent weeks or maybe what we expected they could quite easily get 13 or 14 out of 10 that's how that's how much better they were saying that

Um i thought and i was very critical of arteta recently and and i i i think he had to be some of the responsibility for those for some of their losses

But he got it absolutely right back three nobody none of these three center backs tried to do anything um special or crazy went even a little bit further

In la and in david louise in the past i brought about the first goal for me i thought bellarine was simply outstanding and and the role that he played on the right-hand side which allowed

Um pepe to either take take the wing back on or go inside i for me ballerina was was absolutely key to everything about arsenal saying that it seems unfair to to pick out one player over

The other with the exception of aubameyang for his goals because everybody did what was asked and everybody did so really well today don we'll talk about manchester city in a moment but

Continuing that focus on arsenal we've talked about the back and how good they were the goals though needed to be scored two quality very different finishes from a banyan

Yeah the first of bamiyan finished was unreal i mean he missed a sitter for his standards just before that and you wondered were they going to get another chance arsenal and it was a really unusual

Technique but a brilliant finish then the second goal once he's racing away great ball from kirentini over the top you no one's know no one's going to catch him bender and menji playing him on side nowhere near

High enough then once he's away bearing down on edison you only fancy he was going to finish it there was not a doubt in my mind when he raced through 1v1 i thought he was going

To finish it but i think arteta simplified it you know for his players he hasn't he hasn't tried to make arsenal an open expansive team because he knows they're not good enough so he's put them

In a defensive shape everyone's buying into it they've done the same game plan against liverpool same game plan against man city and they made man city which we've never

Said before looked very very ordinary how much of a positive step is this going forward for arsenal stevie listen if they're going to turn out and play like that every game then we know that what they're capable of

If they're going to defend where 11 men behind the ball the truth is arsenal arsenal don't want to be a team that plays against the so-called big uh better teams and sticks 11 men behind the ball

That's not what a tetra really wants to do what he did today was what he had to do that's arsenal going forward have to turn into a man city or a liverpool um and play and play open attacking

Football that's that's what they want to be doing that's that's what they and certainly a teter wants to do so listen it's a one-off typical fa cup tie the underdog won by

Sticking men behind the ball it's happened a hundred times before and it happened today again but this is not how arsenal want to play in the future but it's effective we mentioned before they did it against the

Liverpool don is this something to build on or is it a false dawn no i think it's something to build on i think if you're an arsenal fan watching that tonight you'd be optimistic that you can see

Signs of where they're going you know mesut ozil has just been cast aside from arteta gwen doozy got brought into his office a couple of weeks back and he apparently arteta gave him two minutes

You know of real verbal abuse and told him to sort his life out and then he actually went into the dressing room as well and told old all of all the arsenal players exactly what he said to

To gwen doozy so the manager's standing firm in his beliefs and if everyone or people don't want to follow him i'm pretty sure he'll be ruthless enough to get them out the door and that's what we're seeing for far too

Long people like mesut ozil and others have had an easy rider arse and the culture's been terrible so if you're an arsenal fan now you can see people like you know joe willa coming to the side i thought

Maitland-niles was excellent tonight playing on that left-wing back slot i thought it was immense sucker there's loads of young kids that are signing contracts and i wouldn't say they're dragging their

Experience players up but lacazette looks fit now lacazette wasn't much fit probably three or four weeks ago we know obama's quality so you can see signs if you're an arsenal fan

Just for something to cling on to and when they get results get liverpool and get results against man city in a semi-final of a cup you know you've got to be optimistic final word on this with you shaq

Absolutely i think this is something for austin to build on listen liverpool continue to be the best team in english football if not europe by asking their front reader to carry a heavy load i know there's a

Far better support in cash but in arsenal's case probably their best and highest paid players are the attacking three and i think what arteta did today was send them out and

Say you carry you carry that load i'll say to the defense and the midfield you all just stay behind the ball and and get get those guys to earn their money and i think

That's what they did that's something you can you can build on as i say it's a long way between where they are now even with this performance and where liverpool are but it also is a long way

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