Gonna bang through a post this morning because I think I am ill.
Things I loved about the Bournemouth game:
Playing your best players in their best positions:
Yah man, novel stratagem. Wenger played the right sided players on the right and the left sided players on the left. Imagine that? The result? A balanced looking team that looked like it was having fun on the pitch. Hector Bellerin had a solid day out on the right and Kolasinac impressed going forward on the left, forming a neat partnership with Ramey on the overlap.
Dropping the sulky one:
Who said Wenger doesn’t read Le Grove? Find them, and tell them they are a WRONG. The manager dropped Sanchez and rolled him on at 70minutes. He gave Welbeck another go in the starting 11 and the Englishman repaid the faith with hustling header early on, an assist for Lacazette, and a precision finish across goal at the end that looked like a pass. I LOVE DANNY. Really hope this is a proper season for him, the guy could be electric.
Sanchez is not our problem now. We know he wants out, let’s think about the player who want to stay.
Big panic about where the hard work is going to come from when Sanchez is gone, but no worries yesterday. I thought the front three worked hard, boxing in Bournemouth and keeping up the metronome of pressure. Lacazette won the ball for one of the goals as well, which was brilliant to see. Even Mesut put in a shift, tracking back on top of delivering some customary lovely balls. Also worth noting that Lacazette buried a screamer as casually as most would place a 5 yard pass. Beast mode finishing.
It felt like at times he’d been instructed to stop fucking hoofing it, there were times he had a think before launching it to a Bournemouth player, which is progress in my eyes. With our three at the back operation, long hoofs aren’t really needed. Maybe as the team builds confidence, he’ll do that less.
Joy on ice:
Don’t get me wrong, it was a lovely performance, but the big test is at Chelsea next week. For all the fun of our game today, it has to be said, Bournemouth were appalling. They looked totally lost and bereft of ideas. Shocking considering how much prep time they had heading into that game. There’s a gulf in class, no doubt, but we were there for the taking and they didn’t let us break a sweat.
Right, have a good day, I’ll see you on the other side. We have Tim Payton of the AST on our podcast this week, so something to look forward to!