He did well didn’t he? Theo finally produced a match winning performance after four years of trying and it was nice to see him scare the shit out of defences.
Lets not get carried away though. Burnley are relegation fodder. They’ve got a manager who’d get them relegated in a pub league and a squad that deserves to be relegated. The slick passing side that Coyle developed has gone and they are in deep trouble. It was a game where you’d expect someone like Theo to turn it on so he’s still got a long way to go, that being said it was a bloody good start.
What was refreshing to see was the extra option Theo gave us. It’s become a regular thing were teams play a certain way against us to beat us. They sit back and tuck their full backs tucked in, compressing the space through the middle making it hard to pass through them in the final third, then allowing us to play the wings to waste our possession in the hope they might ht us on the break. Burnley seemed to apply this tactic but Theo made the wing a dangerous place for Burnley..
I think his performance on Wednesday for the national side has shook him up..Arsenal fans all over the country watch him play week in week out and we all know he’s been poor for a long long time. On Wednesday night he took that form into the national scene and showed the whole country how poor he’s been and the criticism he’s received has woke him up a little.
Theos performance was long overdue.
The game itself was very frustrating. With the impressive Nasri lighting the pitch on fire through the middle and Theo tearing them a new one out wide, Burnley were being pulled apart all over the place. Chance after chance was going astray and you got a feeling it was going to be one of those days. We dominated they play, constantly banging on the door and with Nikki leaving his shooting boots at home it left the fans biting the end of their nails until the 90th minute when we should have really set a new PL record for goals scored in a game..
Nikki’s such a frustrating player to watch. He reads the game well, links up play well and gets himself in some great positions but he just can’t finish..He was a very lucky boy. If we’d have been playing anybody else but Burnley we may have lost that game because of Nikki’s slackness in front of goal. Fair play to him for not letting his head drop but come on Nik, get it together we cant afford you to have another game like that you need to be putting them away. They weren’t even half chances, they were gilt edge, put on a plate, practically open goal chances and he missed the lot..Arry’s wife would have scored with those chances. Somebody needs to spend a few extra hours after training learning to hit the back of the net i think..
Even with all the world-class misses Bendtner was providing, the goals we did score were very good.
Cescs was a peach. With the half seemingly turning into nothing, Nasri cleverly dinked a ball over the top of the 11 players stood in the Burnley box and Cesc ran onto it and hit it first time into the back of the net. Clever goal..
Squeaky bum time kicked in as El Capitan was taken off with another hamstring problem and Nikki’s misses were coming back to bite us on the arse as Nugent ran on to a head and hope and shinned it over Almunia, but not to fear, as Theo settled the nerves and showed Nikki how its done. Sick of creating chances just for them to be fluffed, Theo cut back inside onto his left and curled a pearler past Jensen. His performance deserved that goal and it was time to finish Burnley off and go for the kill.
This didn’t come until the dying minutes when AA does what AA does best and beat Jensen with a drive at the near post which didn’t seem possible after being thread through by Nasri..
Good goals, good result, should have been a cricket score though..
ALMUNIA..6..Other than the goal didn’t really have to do much. But it doesn’t matter who plays in goal you still expect us to concede
EBOUE..6..Decent shift once again. Has gone from class clown to good squad player in space of a year
CLICHY..6..seems to be regaining form
SILVESTRE..6..didnt have much to do thank god
TOMMY V..6..quiet game for him, but still solid
DENILSON..6..good enough for the little teams, Song wont be missed too much
TOMMY R..7..good to see him starting a game, nice to see him staying fit too and getting a run in the team.
CESC..7..pulled the strings, scored a goal, pulled a hamstring. But he can play 5 minutes or 95 minutes and he still does something special
NASRI..9..very impressive. Took control of the midfield after Cesc went off. He was on fire..
THEO..9..did everything you want him to do. Run at defenders, use his pace, score a goal and find a final ball. Well done
DIABY..6..did nothing wrong
DUDU..5..not on long enough
Three goals, three points, three horse race!!!!!
Lets keep the pressure on the leaders, they will drop points so we just need to keep going and believing we can get three points from every game.