Can You Feel The Force?

Winning trophies may be the object of the exercise but if they continue to elude us we can take some comfort from what we witnessed yesterday as being pretty darn close to the next best thing. If you were lucky enough to be at the ground and didn’t walk away feeling entertained then perhaps you really should think about taking up knitting. Six goals from six different players, something I can’t ever remember happening, is as good as it’s been for quite sometime, add to that the determination to come back after twice being behind – can you imagine that happening last year — and you could easily start to believe, as I do, that we are at the beginning of something very special here.

The team selection was spot on except for you know who but I will get to that later, it’s interesting how our wish team is now getting closer and closer to Wenger’s selection, all good stuff.

It was fairly predictable that Boltburn (I will get it right this season) would come to the Emirates and try and get bodies behind the ball, tediously time waste, in the hope of grinding out a draw. In situations like this, when space is at a premium, the silky skills of Fabregas, Arshavin and Rosicky, weaving their magic past obstinate defenders, is the order of the day; and, even more compelling after going behind which gave the opposition’s defence renewed determination.

One of the more hilarious criticisms of Wenger ran through my mind yesterday: it was rumoured that he would discourage players from shooting from distance as it was thought that they were less likely to score; far better to look for the pass, the result being more passes than necessary, hence the name Passenal. I envisaged Wenger calling all the players who are most likely to do this into his office to explain that this kind of behaviour would be frowned upon, although, thinking that it would not be necessary to invite the Centre Backs he forget to tell Vermaelen — and boy am I glad he did. Lol. Vermaelen’s left foot screaming equaliser acted like a release valve for the rest of the team; like naughty school boys realising that if he can break the rules so can we; the shots from outside the box came thick, fast and from all angles.

Fabregas is back to his best, well surprise, surprise, of course he is: when a player of this quality is surrounded by players of similar talent they all raise their game out of respect for each other.

We do still, off course, have one problem child: Diaby. The silver lining to this situation is that every time he is picked we get closer to one of the only two eventualities possible: he either blossoms into the player that Wenger sees him as in his minds eye or Wenger realises what many of us fear; either way, all should be revealed by Christmas and with a bit of luck no harm would have been done.

But to focus too much on Diaby would be to miss the point on such a great day when even Thierry Henry put in an appearance to adoring applause.

Wenger has clearly got them believing that they all have important roles to play in the squad. Ramsey replaced Fabregas and it was hard to see the join, this may seem like high praise indeed with our Captain leaving the field having notched up three assists and a goal but Ramsey was that good in the short space of time that he was on the field; he too, came close to getting three assists and a goal.

All that is good about healthy competition for places is now coming to the fore, with Rosicky and Arshavin off, the attack was then made up of Bendtner, RVP and Walcott and this was almost, if not equally, as impressive. Walcott takes the pressure of off RVP; he allows the Dutchman to play out wide knowing that Walcott, an able centre forward himself, would have replaced him in the box.

Above all, for me, this week and this game were about one man: Arsène Wenger; he was quicker than normal to put his hand up in acknowledgement of the song “One Arsène Wenger”, and rightly so, he knew that things were going very well indeed.


21 Responses to Can You Feel The Force?

  1. London says:

    Morning Roadsters

    I have taken the liberty of posting a few words, I hope this helps, talk later.

  2. avenell says:

    Morning London..

    Thanks for the post mate.. I have another one for later if that is okay. I will put it on about fiveish if I don’t hear from you. 🙂

  3. peachesgooner says:

    Morning all

    Nice post London – what a lovely day we all had. Can’t wait for the next game, thank goodness its at home 😉

  4. rico says:

    Morning all

    Good one London – so annoying that its such a long time until the next game. Lets watch and see how many have received ‘slight knocks’ after yesterday and are ‘a little bit injured’ for the international games, lets hope AW withdraws a few players, I think RvP and Theo are already out 🙂

  5. rico says:

    Nice heading by the way, and we certainly look like The Real Thing 🙂

  6. London says:

    Ave, please go ahead, I hope this one didn’t get in the way.

  7. London says:

    Hello Rico

    It’s all coming back to me, I had forgotten the name of the band.

  8. rico says:

    Hi London – one of my favs from the 70’s 😉

  9. rico says:

    Woo Woo Woo Wooooooo

    Can you feel the force ….. 😛

  10. Rasputin says:

    Hi Roadsters,

    Excellent post London. As you rightly point out, Cesc comes to life when he has players of equivalent quality around him … that was demonstrated to perfection yesterday. I just hope that Arsene lets HIS football do the talking even on a cold windy day up north instead of resorting to safety and bulk/height with the balance of the side lost at the expense of creativity and end product. The youngsters showed they have passion, desire and plenty of grit yesterday … lets play the best team in the prem whatever the opposition.

  11. rico says:

    Spot on Rasp – those Blackburn players weren’t exactly short were they ? Play the best eleven every game, unless of course players NEED a rest, I think Diaby needs a rest, he looked very tired yesterday 😉

  12. London says:

    I thought he looked like he had a chest infection.

  13. rico says:

    😛 London – An ‘Almunia infection’

  14. Rasputin says:

    Hi rico/London,

    In retrospect, I didn’t think Diaby had too bad a game yesterday. He gave the ball away 3 or 4 times but otherwise was reasonably solid without being exceptional. I just think we can do better. I agree with you London regarding Ramsey, he would probably feature above Diaby in my ‘pecking order’ for any vacant midfield slot, and we still have Nasri to fit in somewhere when he’s back …. a nice problem to have ……

  15. peachesgooner says:

    ……and Eduardo and Vela and Wilshire and MERIDA 😆

  16. coadsi says:

    Good day all, have u guys seen this? sums up my emotions during the game yesterday, funny stuff.

  17. rico says:

    Isn’t it sad – AC Milan can’t buy a win, Flamini is there probably thinking ‘what the heck have I done’ The Hunter is there and can’t score a goal… Two players, one of whom I hope to see join us in the summer and another most Arsenal fans would have welcomed back in a flash…

    Isn’t it sad…. Or is it ???

  18. rico says:

    Hi coadsi, it was one heck of a game, wasn’t it, football the way it should truly be played – by us of course, not by Fat Sam’s brigade 😉

    Avtually, credit to them, they gave it a go 😉

  19. coadsi says:

    Hi Rico serves flamoney right. its simply a case of not knowing what u have until its gone. I hope none of the two u mentioned join us in the future. The flamster must be thinking what have i done. to leave Arsenal for a team thats not playing in the CL (at the time) and after one good season with us………….i am still upset with the little twat. Because i think he strung us along. I was not surprise tho cause he did the same b4 he joined us. Of our forwards i would say i rate Bendy the least, but even him i prefer to Hunter. At what real and AC were duped to pay i say no to that

  20. JonJon says:

    i still think flamini in the midfield with cesc and rosicky would be better than anything we have currently..i think that midfield would win us the league for sure, id take him back….for the sake of the team id take him back…

    hi guys.. 😉

  21. avenell says:

    Hi Jonjon just putting your post on..

    NEW POST..

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