So I predicted easy and what did we get? Easy.
Wolves aren't a good team. We are a team on form. We rightfully put them to the sword.
It was a professional business as usual type performance. Theo Walcott raced into the box early on and was taken down by Bassong. Red card for the ex-Spurs man. Penalty for us. Robin took his run up, waited, the keeper dived, he dinked a little chip right down the middle.
You classy ba*tard Robin.
It didn't take long to make it two. Theo picked the ball up wide, played a one two with Robin (the two part of the move was superb... angled through about 4 players), Theo raced into the box and shot low and hard inside Henessey's near post.
Two up after 11 minutes. Superb.
The game kind of took a back seat after that. Ramsey did his best to infuriate everyone with duff passes and aimless running. Theo went into melt down a bit and our play was bit tippy tappy.
The second half wasn't too much better. We allowed Wolves to get back into the game a bit. Santos was having an absolute shocker at left back. His casual approach doesn't lend itself well to an intense league. We weathered the minor storm quite well. Chesney made two very good saves. The best came from a Kevin Doyle diving header. Chezzer did superbly to get down and low to tip the ball round the post.
Robin went close down the other end spooning the ball over the bar from about 8 yards. Ramsey started to perk up a little. His movement definitley improved, but again, it was generally his decision making that let him down. I still can't see why people can't cut through that and see the talent he has. Football is all about having the raw ingredients and making them work. It might not work for two season, then it drops. Ramsey has those ingredients and things will drop for him sooner rather than later and we'll have an amazing player on our hands.
Anyway, the game was killed off late on when Robin played Song into the box, the man from Cameroon picked out Yossi on the edge of the box and he fired home with a powerful first time shot into the bottom left of the goal.
Game over. We could relax. 3 goals to add to our goal difference. 5 points clear of 4th place. Looking very good for 3rd.
We did what we had to do. We put in a very professional performance, came away with the points, the confidence in tact and we managed to avoid any injuries. What more can you ask for in the run in when fatigue is starting to set in for most clubs? The big game is Wigan on Monday night. They are a team that has been plagued by bad decisions which makes them a threat in my eyes. They have caused us problems in the past and they are more than capable of doing that when they play us. We need to be as fired up as them and need to show our class.
I thought the keeper did well when called upon last night. That ability to make one or two game saving stops is something we haven't had since Jens. If he improves his distribution and concentration, he could be one of the worlds best. Last night he was top class. Theo Walcott showed us why he's important to the team and why he frustrates everyone at the same time. He won the penalty and scored our second. Then he did nothing for the rest of the game. He's very similar to Eduardo in that sense. The Croatian did very little past score. Great, he's a striker. I just think you need more than that when you're at a top four club.
Aaron Ramsey is the whipping boy this season. Sure, I accept that he's been a bit of a nightmare at times... but think of where we've come from. He's the whipping boy this year, but he scores goals, his movement causes opposition problems and he mucks in all over the pitch. Last year we had Denilson. Aaron will get better and he will become a top player.
A player I always like to see on the team sheet is Yossi. He has a great touch, he keeps the ball moving like Rosicky, but he can also dribble and score goals. He was a great addition to the squad. When you need that experienced head and the graft only a journeyman can give you, he's the perfect solution.
If anything has been clear about team selection over the past 3 months, it's that Wenger has learnt that it's not the kids that win you the games, it's the experienced heads that do. That's why Wenger hasn't overused Chamberlain. He doesn't need to. I hope the learnings he's taken from this year dictate his policy this summer. You can win titles with kids, only if they're the smaller percentage of your squad and they're top quality.
The Times are reporting that Robin will be offered £130k per week (4 year deal) plus a £6million bonus to stay on with us next season. The only other offer he has is from City. Who'd go there right now? Samir Nasri looks like he's been comfort eating to deal with the situation. They're in turmoil and only a few points ahead of us. Do the right thing Robin. Arsenal, instead of a £6million bonus that you'll pay him in a lunp, why not just give him £8.2mill a year. That way, if he leaves next year, he doesn't pocket £12million for a years work? Just a thought...
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