Arsenal were poor all over the pitch yesterday, but the most worrying thing for me was the failure to create any decent chances. You cannot blame Giroud for not scoring if he doesn’t get anything to work with and you can’t win a game if you don’t score.
Throughout the game, Norwich got more confident and adventurous as they realised that they were in no danger. Okay, the defenders and keeper were at fault for Holt’s goal but that only cost us a point from what would otherwise have been a bore draw. The mainproblem was Arsenal’s reliance on Santi Cazorla to provide inspiration and control the game.
With Diaby in the side, Arsenal had more options. If a team decided to surround Cazorla, then Diaby could exploit the space but without him, Ramsey cannot unlock defences and our attacking threat is nullified. Wilshere can also provide a foil for Cazorla but we must be patient and not expect too much too soon.
It would be fantastic if he hit the ground running but I fear that Arsenal fans will be disappointed if he doesn’t. We need Diaby back soon and before then Wenger needs to find another formation, because you can guarantee that every team from now on will concentrate on stopping Cazorla.