So you are wondering what I am talking about?
Well, I was pretty much fuming about Eboue’s dive… he’d played well the whole game and then he dived / went down too easily… He also feigned injury and went off… again, I believed this to be a cynical act to stop the press tearing him to shreds tomorrow and I felt that was poor from a player who knows about his bad reputation amongst the faithful…
I let the Grovers know my feelings and Seb put a different spin on it… he reckoned maybe Eboue could become a bit of a cult figure amongst the gooner faithful… in the same way McGoldrick, Jensen, Cygan and the Grimster did… maybe I should start enjoy watching Eboue and the madness that comes with him?
Anyway… enough of that… onto the player ratings and match review!
Today was all about how we would deal with the Blackburn rough stuff and how we would cope without the creativity of new boy Nasri. Well, both questions were answered in emphatic fashion with a superb attacking display and a no nonsense approach to the Blackburn thuggery.
Defensively I felt we were fragile though. Arsene needs to address the centre back pairing issue, because despite 3 clean sheets in a row… we are still looking very suspect.
A 0-4 win is a 0-4 win though… so here are the player ratings!
Almunia: Didn’t have too much to do today, he did make a pretty special save low to his right towards the end. His distribution was better today and he commanded his area pretty well. 7
Clichy: Played well today, battled hard and got forward to assist with the attack. He also did well to beat Derbyshire to the ball towards the end, then battle it away… the guy is simply an awesome LB. 8
Gallas: Ok, we kept a clean sheet, but on another day we could have conceded 3. Gallas and Toure tend to attack the same balls and back off the same balls. This led to free headers in the box, free shots from outside the box and a few hairy moments! They improved in the second half, but I have to be honest… unless Wenger makes a decision at the back, we could be in for a torrid time again this year. 6.5
Toure: The same as Gallas… the two just don’t click. Still, at least they don’t get bullied off the ball. There is still time to improve… If not, you can’t help but think maybe JD would be the better option with Gallas? 6.5
Sagna: Good performance from right back. He didn’t really stand out today, but he stood up to the physical challenge and didn’t get beaten in the air. 7
Eboue: Played well today, he passed well, he helped us break at pace… he also got involved in the rough stuff without falling over like a fairy… and then it came… it always does… Eboue broke through on goal… a Blackburn defender slid across the box… Eboue flops… has he been gunned down? Had he suffered a fit? Was he even touched? It didn’t matter … Penalty.
I thought it was a dive… and I don’t think players with Eboue’s reputation should be dabbling in gamesmanship because when we need a 50/50 decision to go our way; in the big games, if it is Eboue I’m afraid we have no chance. However… that is the pantomime character he has assumed and I must learn to enjoy. 7.75
Denilson: Well, didn’t somebody stand up and get counted today? Blackburn was always going to be the acid test for Denilson… rough, nasty and aggressive. Could he stand up to it? He certainly could! He tackled well, he passed well… he grabbed an assist! Yes, he crossed in for Ade’s first… and it was a marvellous cross! Very well played today Denilson, my man of the match! 9
Cesc: An aggressive display from Cescy boy today… his hair has grown as has his stature in the Prem. Don’t mess with the Cesc. He was standing up to the Blackburn bully boys and pulling the strings for Arsenal all afternoon… he is also shot keen as well! 8
THEEEEEEEO: Could he reproduce his England form for the Arsenal? Emphatically yes! He was exceptional today. He was running at people, shooting, making decisive passes and causing problems for Blackburn. Theo is clearly a confidence player… and now that confidence is brimming, expect 12-15 goals out of him this year. For the first goal he jinked in from the left… burst through forward and slotted a beautiful ball into the path of RvP who buried the ball in the bottom left hand corner of the pie man’s goal. 8
RvP: Had a blinder today. The thing I love about RvP is he always wants to be involved, his team play is reminiscent of Thierry’s… he always wants the ball at his feet and he seems to be able to manufacture a shot out of anything. Today was his best performance of the season so far, and really… he should have been the striker with the hat trick. 8
Adebayor: Hangs off the last defender like his life depends on it, slows down the build up play, has a heavy first touch, is offside an embarrassing amount of times every game… but gets on the end of crosses, runs defences ragged and bundles the ball home on a regular basis.
His first was a powerful header that he turned in from a Denilson cross… his second was a poor penalty that fatto somehow missed and his third was an example of why he hangs of the last defender… he beat the offside trap, latched onto the Ramsey through ball and just about managed to round the Keeper to get his hat trick… did anyone like the Togo wrist band kiss? Did it look familiar in a vomit inducing way?
Love him or hate him… he is always going to be like that. Thierry Henry he is not… but who cares? He bangs them in and he has already scored more headers than Thierry did in his whole Arsenal career. Marvellous… keep banging them in son! 8.5
So Grovers, plenty to be joyous about, 3 games, 3 wins, 11 goals, 3 clean sheets… happy days right?
Next up? Kiev away!
P.S. I still have a ticket in Le Exchange for the Bolton Away game next week! The chap will accept £15 quid for it, so if you’re in the area, drop me a mail and I can put you in contact!