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Arsenal vs. Birmingham City Highlights: Uggghhhh

Posted by Arsenalist on January 12, 2008

Arsenal 1, Birmingham City 1

A bad result for Arsenal, dropping two points at home to Birmingham wasn’t something anybody saw coming. I thought we played a bit too narrow and unnecessarily relied on deep crosses instead of just using the width of the field using our passing. We wasted a few first half chances when Birmingham was playing in awe of us instead of actually playing. In the second half, they tightened up defensively and our offense regressed into taking the easy way out. I thought the introduction of Bendtner was a good idea, probably should’ve come sooner seeing how we couldn’t connect to the end of our crosses all game long.

We didn’t create too many chances in the game and were guilty in the first half of the old Arsenal sin of passing too much and allowing the defense to recover instead of shooting. That’s what makes us good and that’s what bites us in the arse at times. Today it bit us. I thought we were a bit complacent today and almost expected to score at some point in the second half and never soaked Birmingham with enough pressure to put them on their back foot. Instead we hoped to connect on low percentage passes which played right into the hands Birmingham who were there to be broken if we had tested their resolve.

Winning the Premier League is no easy matter and the fight for the top of the table will come down to the last week and those head-to-head fixtures against Man Utd and Chelsea – just like how it’s supposed to be. You’ll find both goals below, just look at them once and forget about this game. Onwards. Here’s the Match Report. Do keep an eye on the Feed.

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