Before I start I’d like to send out a message to Alan’s Hansen and Shearer, Phil Thompson and any Spuds out there. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
What a start to the season. The victory was not unexpected but the scoreline was. We all know that with the way we play we are bound to thump teams from time to time, but what surprised me was that it was Everton at Goodison. OK, Everton were poor,but we made them look poor. Not only did we get our passing play right, but we also got the basics right. We out fought Everton, out battled them, we worked hard for each other in our defensive and attacking play and we wore Everton down. We earned the right to play Wengerball first and although it wasn’t your typical Arsenal performance, we mixed it up well and we deserved that victory.
What amazed me was our fitness levels, Everton looked tired compared to us and our boys kept their shape, defended as a unit and attacked as a unit and it was impressive.This game sent out a message to the other clubs that they are writing us off at their own peril.
As Cesc said, lets not get carried away. Lets keep our feet firmly on the ground, we’ve got 37 games left to go but it was a fantastic start and that game has set the standard. If we play like that all season we’ll win the league.
Last season we were getting upset by the fact that when we got to the final third and the play was compressed we struggled to break teams down, we ran out of ideas and made it easy for teams to park the bus. I was delighted when we scored our first three goals from a long shot and two set pieces. It shows we can mix it up. We are dangerous not only when we play with flair, but when that doesn’t work we showed we can go back to basics and do the job with the same amount of destruction.
For a long time we have been talking about getting the right balance in the team and yesterday we had that balance. it was a pleasure to watch that game.
The first goal came after some good work from Nikki on the right. He jinked past his man like he was a natural wideman and slipped a pass into the oncoming Cesc. The Everton defence were aware of the danger and Cesc was quickly closed down and surrounded, but he picked a pass to the unmarked Denilson who smashed it into the back of the net from 25yards. Good goal, and it relaxed our boys. Everton now had to come at us and the compact midfield started to show gaps.
Our 2nd and 3rd were glorious goals. So untypically Arsenal but thats what made them all the more sweeter. Robins freekicks at goal leave alot to be desired, but his ability to cross from deadball situations is different. They are destructive and unstoppable and with Cesc able to hit the same pinpoint cross from the other side of the pitch we have an awesome weapon in our armoury. Two freekicks, two perfect headers, from two defenders who lack height and we were 3-0 up in a destructive first half.
Cesc made it 4 shortly after the break in a typical Arsenal move. We broke Everton down and countered like only Arsenal can counter. Denilson slipped a pass to Robin who took the defender away to the left leaving a gaping hole through the middle. Cesc provided support, Robin found him in the space and our captain finished the move with a low left foot shot that squirmed under the unprotected Howard.
The 5th suprised me. Cesc looked like Steven Gerrard as he took the ball inside our half and drove towards goal with only one thing on his mind, smashing another low drive from 25yards to once again beat Howard. Get in.
We rounded the game of with the joy of six when Ak47 showed quick feet inside the area and cheekily and cleverly hit a swerving left footed shot with no backlift which hit the post. Any world class fox in the box would have been following up that shot anticipating the rebound to tap it in to an open net. Good job we have Dudu then isn’t it??
Everton got one. So what. If we conceed one every game we will end up with 38 goals conceded, which will be worse than last year. Then again if we score 6 every game it wont matter will it??
Almunia..7..Didn’t have much to do. His kicking was poor at times but his distribution was generally good and he made a couple of catches from the highballs from corners. Stopped a few long shots and made a good reaction save towards the end. It was a shame the rebound resulted in a goal.
Sagna..8..The Sagna of old. Solid in defence and turning into a winger when we attacked. Solid display
Gallas..8..Strong at the back and took his goal well.
Vera Lynne..10..The nutts. Hes a rock, a leader, an organiser. He lead the Arsenal back line like he’d been with us 10 years. Constantly marshaling the others, and making some good tackles. He reads the game well and we have a defender who just wants to defend. Nothing spectacular, no flair. He just gets the basics right. It made a pleasant change to watch a defender who looks composed instead of one who runs around like a headless chicken and relies on pace to get him out of trouble. Good goal too.
Clichy..8..Same as Sagna. Looked like he’d been working on his tackling and crossing too.
Denilson..7..The silent partner in the midfield. Did nothing wrong but didn’t stand out. Scored a good goal and made some good passes.
Song..10,,Awesome. What a changed player. Along with Vera he is my joint man of the match. Cahill is dangerous and Felliani is a monster and Song stopped them both. I don’t remember Cahill touching the ball. This was is best game for us and he showed a few skills too. Good display son.
Cesc..8..In and out of the game but when he was in he was dynamite. Pulling the strings and scoring two goals. What more can you ask of your captain.
AK47..7..Quiet game by his standards but he has that ability to change the game within seconds. Tricky and explosive.
Nikki..8..Excellent game. Worked the fullback well, went on dazzling runs and came inside and won the knock down balls when needed. Ade who??
Robin..8..looked like he played with freedom. Linking up play well.
Dudu..7..got a poachers goal and its good to have him back.
Have a good day guys. I will.
Bring on Celtic..