Rosicky keeps on not surprising me!

Rosicky keeps on not surprising me!

Strange headline, I know. Blame Wenger. He inspired it by saying Rambo keeps on surprising him.
Meanwhile, after some his lapses tonight I can say the opposite about Rosicky. I admit he plays a part going forward, albeit a small one: he's a link in the chain. However, defensively he's a liability. He doesn't track back and he's tackling is tokenism, which often leaves him prone on the ground or giving away silly fouls. Two consecutive poor clearances, when we were under the cosh against Hull, had a lot of fans groaning.
I was watching him closely throughout. Of course, he has good technique, but I lost count of his wayward passes. He wouldn't qualify for a Denilson award for misplaced passes, but he was more than half way there tonight.
Luckily, when Flamini is in the team we can carry an under-performing midfielder. Old Flames sweeps up any danger in front or behind the back four so effectively.
Further forward Ozil's come in for some flak lately. Yes, he needs to stop sulking when he gets fouled and get real: the game is physical here! Yet, unlike Rosicky, Ozil can play a killer pass and score the odd goal, so I can forgive his occasional laziness and poor attitude.
Meanwhile, for one night only Bendtner was a revelation. Okay, I'm exaggerating but it was fun to see him score again.
Perhaps 2-0 could be the new 1-0!

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