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Notes from all 20 goals Arsenal have scored this season: surprise Arsenal don’t score off set pieces

Just a quick follow up to yesterday’s post and the post from the day before in which I broke down Arsenal’s troubles staying focused on set plays. Although somewhat controversial in my methodology I provided my notes from each of the 14 goals that Arsenal have conceded so far this season and my opinion is that there is a clear commonality: whenever either Arsenal or the opposition get a break in play and time to set up, Arsenal seem to relax. After that they are playing catch-up either positionally or trying to make up for a defensive mistake and are then caught out for a goal.

Of the 14 goals that Arsenal have conceded this season 10 have come either as a direct result of a set play or in the few seconds aftermath of a set play. Ten of 14 is 70%. Seventy percent of Arsenal’s goals conceded have come from a result of a set play. And that includes several set plays in which Arsenal initially have the ball but take a poor throw or take the free kick too soon and are immediately hurt by the opposition (Chelsea, Spurs, Dortmund).

In order to get a better sense of Arsenal’s playing style (and because I’m a glutton for funishment), I looked at all 20 of the goals Arsenal have scored this season and used the same criteria to judge whether these goals were scored via set plays.

The result is pretty clear; of the 20 goals that Arsenal have scored this season they have scored just 6 times off set pieces. That is a directly inverse relationship. 70% of the goals Arsenal have conceded this season are from set plays and only 30% of the goals that Arsenal have scored are from set plays.

What isn’t clear is exactly why this is happening. The impulse is to suggest that Arsenal are just poor at set plays and there is some evidence to suggest that this is the case. Last season, Arsenal were 16th in the League in set piece goals scored with just 11 — three of which were penalties. However, in the season before that, Arsenal were 7th in the League with 17 — five of which were penalties.

What we do know is that Arsenal are terrible at corner conversion. I have a piece coming up on that on Arseblog news soon so I don’t want to spill any beans but we are pretty bad. We don’t even get the ball into the right zones for attacking on corners. It’s poor.

But other explanations could shed light. For example, Arsenal tend to score more goals than the opposition. This means that we score multiples in some games. If the opposition is looking for just one goal and then not attempting to really score more we could have a situation which distorts their goals tally. In other words, they get one off a corner and they stop trying. We score one off a corner and keep going for a second or third goal.

Regardless (or irregardless as my friend would say) I thought I’d post you some more notes on this topic. Saturday we have the match and Naveen’s match preview should be up on Friday for you all to “banta” about. I think I have something from Les for Saturday and a Man at the Match report from Chary on Sunday.

I also want to give a plug to Jonathan Blaustein’s monthly column the Match Day Photo of the Month. Get out the cameras and start recording your match day experience. Send the photos to This is a fantastic way to share your match day experience with others. And no, you don’t have to be one of the luck few who go to games at Highbury North East, You can just take creative photos from anywhere and send them in. Sure, even a picture of a tortoise. Whatever you want! Send them in!

Anyway, here are the notes as promised.




First goal (Welbz, Alexis assist)

Szczesny passes to Koscielny who passes to Gibbs. Gibbs is completely unmarked and casually slides a ball up to Alexis. The Chilean is also unmarked and allowed to dribble, he turns inside, sees that Welbz has caught Melo napping and slots in a through ball.

Analysis: Galatasaray fell asleep on the goal kick and failed to press the ball at any point. Melo was at fault for letting Welbz get past him on the run. 8 seconds start to finish. Arsenal score on a set play.

Second goal (Welbz, error Melo)

Flamini wins the Gala goal kick with a powerful header but sends the ball back to the Gala right back. He failes to deal with the ball (put under pressure by Alexis) and heads it back to Melo. Melo is asleep again and Welbz beats him to the ball. A nifty little header to himself, Welbzz skips away from Melo and scores past their hapless flappy keeper.

Analysis: another goal coming almost directly off a set play, this time it’s from their own goal kick. Galatasaray caught napping and Welbz takes advantage. Again, Melo largely at fault but Welbeck did show good strength to beat Melo to the ball. 8 seconds again from start to finish. Arsenal score on the opposition set piece.

Third goal (counter attack, Alexis, Ozil assist)

Mertesacker intercepts the attempted through ball to Yilmaz and plays a 40 yard pass to Ox. Interestingly, Arsenal have no one in the actual midfield for this play, Ox, Ozil, Welbz, and Sanchez are all forward with Welbz standing offside. Anyway, Ozil plays in Sanchez, Alexis cuts back and beats his marker and picks out the far post for an easy goal.

Analysis: Galatasaray had 6 men back but Arsenal got in a series of vertical passes which leapfrogged the two defensive mids. Ozil’s pass left Sanchez plenty to do but the Chilean beat his marker deftly. I think that Arsenal overloading the space behind the Gala DMs was a gamble on Arsenal’s part which paid off. Arsenal open play goal

Arsenal 4th goal Gala (Welbz, Ox assist)

Welbeck drops deep to receive Gibbs’ ball in midfield, under pressure he plays to Cazorla who is in even more trouble. Somehow the Spaniard splits two defenders deep in our half and finds Welbz. Welbeck then dribbles forward and passes to… Alexis in midfield. Alexis plays to Ox and Welbeck makes a diagonal run behind the defender. Ox nutmegs his marker and Welbeck ghosts in for a goal.

Analysis: Probably a lack of communication between the two center halves but other than that this was just all around stellar play by Arsenal. There were a few moments where it looked like Arsenal could give up the ball in a bad area but they broke pressure and scored. Arsenal open play goal

Tottenham (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 74)

Tottenham fail to clear (Lamela actually plays the ball back into their own box), Sanchez collects at the edge of the area and passes to Cazorla. Cazorla has a shot from outside the box which wasn’t going to bother Lloris but it takes a deflection and pops up to Welbeck. Welbeck dummies (ha!) and the ball comes to Ox in the perfect position to lash it home.

Analysis: Tottenham could have done better to clear the ball but really this is one of those goals which prove that every once in a while the players should just have a go at goal. Good things happen, especially if the ball is hit low and hard and the box is packed. Open play goal.

Southampton (direct free kick, Sanchez)

Arsenal score on a direct free kick. Fonte fouled Alexis leading up to the shot. Keeper couldn’t do anything about it. Arsenal set play goal.

Aston Villa

First goal (Ozil, assist Welbeck)

Fantastic one-touch play between Ramsey, Ox, and Welbz opens Villa’s midfield. Welbeck drives at the defense, Senderos is caught ball watching, the Villa right back is a bit lazy, and Ozil ghosts in behind where Welbeck plays him in.

Anaysis: the speed of this play takes Villa out of the game and Senderos doesn’t see the danger until it is way too late. I think his fullback partner, who could see this develop, probably should have given a shout but just raises his hand instead looking for offside. Open play goal.

Second goal (Welbeck, assist Ozil)

Lovely one-touch from Ozil to Ramsey, Ozil makes a run and the Villa right back doesn’t track. Senderos is pulled over to block Ozil and Clark covers Welbeck. Clark inexplicably stops short of the full run and Welbeck gets behind him.

Analysis: despite the fairly shoddy defending, Ozil still had plenty to do with the cross and puts in one of the best passes he’s made all season.  Welbeck finishes and makes it look easy. Open play goal.

Third goal (own goal Cissoko)

Villa fail to clear, Gibbs pokes in a long shot (or was it a cross?), Cissoko really has to do something about the ball (because Ox is at the far post looking to score) but does the wrong thing. Still, open play goal.

Man City (Wilshere goal, Ramsey assist)

Koscielny presses high up the pitch, Aguero is dispossessed, Arsenal break with five players in a central position. Ramsey is the furthest forward, collects Alexis’ pass, passes to Wilshere on the right. Wilshere skins Clichy and neatly chips Joe Hart.

Analysis: ha ha ha… Gael Clichy. But seriously, Arsenal push a lot of players forward, I think there were four midfielders behind the City defensive mids. It’s kind of crazy actually but it worked out. Open play goal.

Second (Sanchez goal, Wilshere assist)

Another top quality goal from Arsenal. Ramsey clips over a cross that Kompany heads away (little shove from Welbeck). Wilshere heads the ball back in to Sanchez and the Chilean strikes it first time.

Analysis: a goal worked from almost nothing. The chip from Ramsey wasn’t the best and Wilshere’s header back into the box was powerful but a bit lucky. Alexis really made the most of the chance though. Open play goal, Arsenal.

Leicester (Sanchez goal)

Leicester had managed to keep a semblance of a shape until the ball was pinged around several times, then the entire Leicester defense formed a sort of Maginot Line with what I swear is 8 players lined up across the 18 yard box. How do you neat the Maginot Line? Cazorla plays a neat little chip over the top to Sanogo and the Frenchman tries to get a shot off against the onrushing Schmeichel. I don’t know if it’s a shot or a block but the ball comes to Alexis and he blasts it into the back of the next.

Analysis: Leicester were quite sloppy and disorganized but the Cazorla chip was good and Sanogo did OK to get a shot off. Arsenal rewarded by having Sanchez I the box. Arsenal open play goal. One of the few were Arsenal are playing the ball around the 18 yard box.

Besiktas (Sanchez goal, Ozil assist)

Arsenal win a throw but the ensuing cross is cleared out. Monreal wins the second ball and passes to Wilshere. Wilshere passes to Ozil and Ozil plays in a perfect pass. Sanchez runs onto the end of the pass (beating Wilshere) and slots home his first Arsenal goal.

Analysis: Beskitas didn’t switch off on the set play. Instead, the fault lies with #10. He tracked back on the intitial cross and then as the ball was cleared ran back out, past Alexis and Wilshere. I think he was either trying to get an offside or start a break. But either way he leaves the space for Sanchez. Arsenal open play goal.


First goal (Ramsey goal, Cazorla assist)

Is this a set play goal? This one is stretching the boundaries for sure. Arsenal win a throw. Monreal, Ozil and Cazorla ping the ball around in the Everton final third for few seconds before Cazorla drives at the Everton defense. Cazorla is covered by two defenders and plays a splitting ball into the 6 yard box. Ramsey had made a run and Osman and Baines ran with him but Ramsey just beats both to the ball.

Analysis: Everton looked tired on this play. Lots of lazy clearing and lazy movement. The speed at which Arsenal are able to play is nearly quiescent. Still, the organization was right and both Cazorla and Ramsey were covered by two players. This wasn’t Everton mentally switching off as much as physically faltering.  14 seconds from start to finish, Arsenal open play goal

Second goal (Giroud, header, Monreal assist)

Monreal collects a terrible Ramsey cross, pings a good ball back into the area and Giroud just out-muscles Distan towin the header and score. Flat footed. Open play goal Arsenal.

Crystal Palace

First goal (indirect free kick, header, Koscielny, assist Alexis)

Hangelaand was marking Koscielny but Koz loses him too easily, no one attacks Alexis’ cross, and the result is that Arsenal get an easy headed goal from a set play. Arsenal set play goal.

Second goal (Ramsey)

Arsenal win a corner but Palace clear through Chamakh at the edge of the 6 yard box (first defender). Ball is passed around the box, Ox puts in a poor cross, Koz wins the header back in, Giroud knocks the ball down, Debuchy has a shot saved, Ramsey puts home the rebound.

Analysis: scrappy goal. 14 seconds from start to finish. Arsenal set play goal? Sort of.

Man City Community Shield.

First goal – Cazorla, open play.

Second goal – Aaron Ramsey, counter attack, open play. Arsenal clear to Alexis, he slots a curling ball to Sanogo. Sanogo holds up well and passes to Ramsey. Ramsey skins Clichy and scores.

Third goal – Olivier Giroud, Arsenal set play, assist Ramsey. Szczesny takes a goal kick, Giroud flicks to Ramsey, Ramsey passes back to Giroud and he takes a shot from Downton Abbey, scoring over Caballero.



Full disclosure: my notes from all of Arsenal’s 14 goals.

Because I think some of you are interested here are my notes from all 14 goals Arsenal have conceded this season. I’m harsh on some of the players and you’re going to see a few names over and over again that are probably a surprise to you. But this is what I saw when I re-watched each goal.

This season Arsenal have conceded 10 of 14 goals from either their own set plays or the opposition’s set plays. And they have done so with some almost comedic defending at times. Way too many lapses in concentration, especially from Flamini, and far too much poor positioning, especially from Gibbs, are gifting the opposition far too much space and time to get into dangerous positions to score.

Arsenal have a troubling habit of relaxing on set plays. If you let a loaf of bread rise on your counter and then you pick it up with your hands, the dough will quickly collapse and relax into your hands. This is what Arsenal’s set play defense looks like time and again.

First Chelsea goal (penalty, Hazard):

A series of set plays and throw ins which culminates in an offside against Schurrle. Gibbs takes a quick free kick to Sanchez. Alexis is dispossessed by Ivanovich (probably a foul), passes to Matic, to Cesc, to Hazard all alone. Eden dribbles past Cazorla, then past Chambers, and then is fouled by Koz.

Analysis: Gibbs took the free kick too soon, Atikinson allowed Alexis to be fouled, Arsenal in disarray and too slow to react to Hazard. Set play indiscipline starts the Chelsea move, Chelsea set play finishes the goal.

Second Chelsea goal (long pass, Costa (Cesc assist):

Long ball to Alexis in the CF role, turnover, Mikel quick pass to Cesc, Fabregas has all the space and time, Costa beats Koz and Szczesny with a great first touch and special finish.

Analysis: pushing up for the win, not enough pressure in midfield from Flamini, leaves Cesc too much time to create.

Galatasaray goal (penalty):

Sanchez dispossessed in midfield, defense switches off, Gibbs tries to step up to force the offside but Per doesn’t, Yilmaz gifted tons of space, Szczesny comes for the ball, foul.

Yilmaz scores the penalty.

Analysis: Gibbs probably shouldn’t have stepped up to draw the offside. There was, however, lots of lazy play leading up to it and the Arsenal players were walking all over the place. To be expected when your team is 4-0 up? Or chronic problem with Arsenal’s soft mentality?

Tottenham goal (Chadli):

Szczesny claims the Erikson free kick easily and then hurriedly passes out to Chambers. Chambers is challenged by Erikson and passes back to Mertesacker, who passes to Flamini. Flamini takes a lazy touch and turn, is dispossessed by Erikson. Jack lets Lamela waltz past him, Lamela picks up Flamini’s recovery tackle, and passes to Chadli who scores past Gibbs (who recovered with a quick sprint), Koz, and Szczesny.

Analysis: Szczesny shouldn’t have taken the throw so quickly, the defense was disorganized, and Gibbs was too far up the pitch and for what reason I don’t know. Flamini was too casual with the ball and Wilshere, his midfield teammate, didn’t attempt to help out but stood and watched as Flamini was dispossessed. Lamela got the assist because Jack didn’t track him and Chadli the goal because Gibbs couldn’t recover. Better shape at the back and calmer presence from the keeper and this goal never happens.

Southampton first goal (penalty Tadic)

Free kick boomed in by the keeper, headed away, but played right back in to the same player, who flicks over to Manaes. Rosicky comes flying in and makes a pointless challenge. Tadic shoots right down the middle.

Analysis: Rosicky made a stupid challenge.

Southampton second goal (Clyne):

Tadic takes a corner, Chambers heads the ball out. Clyne picks it up from 35 light years from goal and fires in a shot which parts the red sea.

Analysis: a goal scored off a corner. Half wonder goal, half Einsteinium.

Dortmund first goal (Immobile):

Arsenal win a throw in deep in the Dortmund half, it’s punted up to Immobile, Gibbs races back, Koz is jockeying Immobile and Gibbs doesn’t make a challenge.

Analysis: Gibbs should have challenged Immobile for the ball, Immobile gets a lucky bounce and scores.

Dortmund second goal (Aubameyang):

Arsenal have another throw, cleared up to Aubameyang who passes to Grosskruetz. Aubameyang runs past Wilshere, between Per and Koz, Szczesny comes off his line, Aubameyang gets a lucky bounce and gets around Szczesny, scores a chip despite Koz’ valiant effort to get back.

Analysis: Wilshere was nominally the defensive midfielder. If he follows that run, it probably gives Per and Koz time to catch up. Instead he ran over to Gross.

Man City first goal (Aguero):

Kompany clears the ball desperately, Flamini tries to clear/tackle away from Aguero but the ball bounces to Navas. Navas drives up the pitch, Flamini runs exactly where you want him to run and tracks Aguero but at the wrong moment stops and Aguero goes past him and scores the cross.

Analysis: I don’t get it. I just don’t get why Flamini would run all that way back, get into nearly the right position and then lose Aguero. It just doesn’t make any sense.

Man City second goal (Demichelis, Corner, header):

Man City send a line of players to attack a spot, pump in a corner and Demichelis is completely un-marked. He actually had a lot to do with the pass, but he sends in a nearly flat-footed, falling away header that Szczeny and Flamini can’t keep out. Szczesny actually palmed the ball into the post.

Analysis: Arsenal had just two players in that zone. Neither got the ball.

Leicester Goal (Ulloa header, cross Schlop)

Koscielny suffered a head injury a few minutes earlier. Leicester ping a ball forward to Scholp, he chests down and makes a break for it, the ball is played back to him and he sprints to the end line. Debuchy is covering fine and Scholp sends in a hopeful cross to where he sees Ulloa running.

Analysis: It wasn’t catastrophic in any way, it was simply lax marking.  Koz is probably to blame (he sees Ulloa but cant beat the man to the spot), except that seems a bit harsh considering the fact that he will be taken off in a minute for his head injury.

Everton first goal (Coleman header)

Alexis commits a foul on an aerial duel. He then spends plenty of time talking to the referee for Arsenal to get set up for the free kick. Everton take the free kick and pass to Barry. Barry passes and moves to a more advanced position. The ball swings to Baines and Baines basses back to Barry who sand wedges a ball into Naismith for the header.

Analysis: This looks like a set play by Everton. Baines and Barry have a chat and then the play starts. It goes through Osman before getting to Baines and then to back to Barry but what that ball movement does is relaxes the Arsenal defense like resting a loaf of dough. I think Barry’s ball was intended for Lukaku but Coleman beat Özil to the ball and headed in far too easily. Classic example of Arsenal switching off.

Second goal (Naismith)

Play is entirely down the left. Monreal is in advance of Mesut Özil and the ball is passed to him in space, he plays it back to Özil who attempts a splitting pass into the box. The ball is hoofed clear and Lukaku wins the first challenge with Mertesacker. Chambers rushes out to challenge and misses the tackle completely. Özil actually busts a gut to get back while “pass master” Monreal stays up top — ready to counter attack. Flamini, alone (which could be a poem), is caught between covering Lukaku and Naismith. Flamini checks Naismith several times, and even points for Debuchy to cover. Naismith waltzes between the two players (not that it would have mattered, they had a man behind Debuchy as well), and strays well offside. Lukaku plays Naismith in and Naismith scores a bit of a lucky goal between Szczesny’s legs.

Analysis: Naismith was offside. Lukaku fouled to win the first ball. Does it seem to you like Arsenal rely more on officials to get the calls right than other teams? Chambers shouldn’t have made the challenge. And structurally ask yourself this question: should Mesut Özil be the player busting guts to get back, what value does Monreal offer going forward, and why shouldn’t he be dropping back or holding back?

Crystal Palace (Hangelaand header corner)

Hangelaand simply beats everyone in the air.

Make of this what you will.



Arsenal have conceded 10 of their 14 goals this season off set plays


What is this, a Tuesday? Mid October? Is it the time of year when the trees turn fire red and leaves clog the gutters? Oh man. Where did the time go? It seemed like summer not too long ago.

Time slipped down a sunlit path into the forest. A path that climbs rocky ledges and comes to a small blue lake surrounded by sharp green cliffs. A place where the sinners go to dip into the cold waters of nature’s absolution.

Except there is no washing away sin if your heart isn’t in the asking. You can’t simply say that you’re sorry for your sins and expect to be forgiven. In that case you’re only there to soil the spot with your presence. Which so many do.

So many come to the water looking to wash off their grime, only to leave it behind for others. It’s the sin of sins, really, to treat such a wonderful thing with such abandon. To suck the life out of something pure and beautiful and leave it sullied.

You can’t just wash off the dirt. You have to be there wholly. You have to feel the water not just as a tingle on your skin but deep inside of you.

You have to dip in the waters not just with your body but with your heart.



Lately I have been staying indoors and watching game tapes of Arsenal matches on Arsenal.com¹. I have been watching them because I am sick in the head and because I wanted to review how Arsenal concede goals. Specifically, I wanted to see if Arsenal were conceding goals after they took a corner kick.²

The good news is that Arsenal are not conceding goals after they take a corner kick.

The bad news is that Arsenal’s defense is highly susceptible to switching off on all sorts of set plays.

First, let me get this out of the way: anything I say here will be repeated by one of the paid Arsenal journalists some time next week. It’s a trend I’ve noticed. When I say something on my blog, it is miraculously rejiggered and repeated a few days later. No “thanks for the idea, Tim!” No links back. Just “here’s something I was thinking.” So, expect to read about this idea that Arsenal have a defensive weakness from all sorts of set plays next week some time. Probably after they concede a goal from a corner.

In all competitions Arsenal have conceded 14 goals and the commonality is that Arsenal show a lack of mental strength on set pieces both their own and the opposition’s.

Arsenal have conceded 7 of the 14 goals from opposition set plays, either from a corner, a penalty, or from a well worked free kick.

Worse, Arsenal have conceded three times from their own set plays — twice on throw-ins against Dortmund and once on a Szczesny throw against Spers. We will talk about that Spers goal in more detail in a second. And one of the 7 counted as opposition set pieces, the penalty v. Chelsea, started as a Gibbs free kick.

There have been just three error goals, though in reality all goals conceded require some kind of error. One, against City, was player error. Flamini tracked Aguero all the way back to the box but then switched off at the crucial moment. One was referee error, Naismith was offside and Lukaku fouled Mertesacker in the buildup to the second Everton goal. And I am awarding an error to the medical staff for the Leicester goal for leaving Koscielny on the pitch after a head injury (the goal was a header from open play and Koz was removed minutes later).

Arsenal, then, have conceded just one goal from open play — the Cesc to Costa Chelsea goal.

It’s an incredible record, really.

But the most incredible of all the goals that Arsenal have conceded this season probably has to be the Tottenham goal. That starts as a Szczesny throw. He takes the throw before his defense is set. He throws to Chambers who is covered. Meanwhile Gibbs is creeping up toward the half-way line. Chambers passes back to Mertesacker, Per passes to Flamini and Flamini takes a lax touch trying to turn. Erikson dispossesses Flamini and then Lamela waltzes past Wilshere in midfield. Wilshere doesn’t even turn on at all defensively, just lets Lamela walk over and pick up the ball. Gibbs sees Chadli way too late and sprints back but by then Chadli has acres of space on Gibbs’ side and slots Lamela’s pass between Szczesny’s legs.

It’s the North London derby. Why on earth are 5 or 6 Arsenal players switching off at that moment? It seems unconscionable.

Given the sheer number (10/14) of goals Arsenal are conceding from set plays I think it’s fair to say that clearly there is a problem with Arsenal’s defensive organization. The fact that Arsenal have conceded 7 goals on opposition set plays and at least 3 on our own set plays (including two off our own throw-ins against Dortmund) shows me that Arsenal have a real problem staying focused whenever there is a stoppage in play.

Mental strength? I don’t think so.


¹You can become a digital member and watch all the games for free a few days after the match has been played. It’s great for the obsessive nerd, like me.
²Because I know that you will all ask, and because I want your feedback, here are my notes on all 14 goals Arsenal have conceded:


1 – Gibbs quick free kick
Alexis dispossessed
Arsenal fans want a foul
Cazorla, Chambers, Koz beaten by Hazard dribble
Penalty scored – opposition set play goal

2 – Alexis dispossessed
No pressure on Cesc with the ball
Fantastic finish by Costa – great goal, open play


1 – Alexis dispossessed
Gibbs fails to spring the offside trap
Szczesny fouls
Penalty scored – opposition set play goal


1 – Szczesny takes a quick throw
Arsenal defensive shape is poor with Gibbs way up field
Flamini poor touch
Wilshere fails to track Lamela
Gibbs doesn’t recover to cover Chavli
Decent finish – Arsenal set play goal


1 – Free kick by Soton keeper
Ball pinged around
Rosicky foul
Penalty scored – opposition set play goal

2 – Corner
Arsenal clear but the second ball falls to Southampton
Wonderstrike – opposition set play goal


1 – Arsenal have a throw in deep in the Dortmund attack
Ball is cleared, hoofed really
Immobile is jockeyed by Koz waiting for Gibbs
Gibbs doesn’t make a challenge – Arsenal set play goal

2 – Arsenal have a throw
Ball cleared, hoofed
This is starting to sound familiar
Aubameyang runs past Wilshere
Bit of luck with the dribble to get past Szczesny – Arsenal set play goal

Man City

1 – Kompany clears the ball
Flamini error in the tackle
Flamini tracks Aguero
Flamini loses Aguero
Aguero scores easily from close range – error (Flamini) goal

2 – Man City corner
Terrible marking, Demechelis left all alone
header – opposition set play goal


1 – Koscielny suffers head injury
Koscielny stays on the pitch
Schlop is covered by Debuchy but gets in a decent cross
Koscielny doesn’t really challenge the header – open play goal (error by medical staff leaving Koz on the pitch)


1 – Everton free kick
Barry to Osman, Osman to Baines, back to Barry, cross
Coleman header past Ozil – well worked opposition set play goal

2 – Ball hoofed from open play
Lukaku fouls Mertesacker
Naismith offside – open play goal, referee error

Crystal Palace

1 – Hangelaand header from a corner – opposition set play goal