That was what my Newcastle United supporting girlfriend had to say on Newcastle… until she converted to Goonerdom!
Can you blame her? Yesterday was a master-class in football and pretty much an embarrassment for the travelling Geordies.
So the first thing to report is that plenty of Gooners turned up for this one. How could they not? The sun was shining, the beer was flowing and everyone is a lot calmer than they were a week ago. A big thanks to all the Grovers who turned up at the Small and Beautiful, we all had a cracking day!
I received a text from Geoff along the lines of
Kolo in, Denilson in, Eboue in… theo out.
That was a worrying text. Why was JD dropped and why was Theo dropped?
Sagna Toure Gallas Clichy
Eboue Cesc Denilson Nasri
The team looked ok… any team with Nasri and Cesc in is going to create, so we weren’t too worried. I think the only players in the Newcastle team that were causing any worry amongst us were Owen and Gutierrez… that is one tasty Argie.
Once the game kicked off, we knew it was going to be our day. The ball was being rolled across the pitch in a most typical Arsenal fashion. Nasri was linking in beautifully with the team, like he’d been with us for 4 seasons, Cesc was pulling all the strings and even Eboue was having a pretty good game. I can also report that Kolo Toure powered a low shot from 30 yards, on target and forced a Given save! MADNESS!
For the first goal, Adebayor had a cross handled, which the ref spotted immediately and blew up for. Rumour has it that handball was more a case of ball to hand… but we were denied an earlier stone wall decision… so football karma evened itself out.
Up stepped RvP… BANG! 1-0 to the Arsenal.
The oppostions heads started to drop after that and Arsenal took advantage… the next goal will amaze you. Eboue starts the move by laying a decent pass off to Ade… Ade cut it back to Eboue, who chopped back this great back heel to the oncoming RvP who smashed home for two! Everyone ran over to Eboue and hugged him!
I do seem to remember the Grovers talking about this back heel that Eboue has added to his game, so it was particularly funny to see one come off!
Just before half time, Big Al was called into action to make a great save from and Owen header.
The next goal was a break away from defence, Nari had some nice interplay with Ade who laid off a decent pass to Denilson who buried it. He really enjoyed that goal and showed the fans plenty of chest slapping.
Almunia: His kicking was better today and he pulled of a blinding save from an Owen header. 7
Clichy: I just love this man… he seems to be 2 seconds ahead of everyone and he kept the big Argie quiet. A player who is going to cause many teams problems this year. 8.5
Toure: All over the park today, defending, attacking, shooting on target! A great way to mark your return to action! Keep it up Kolo! 8.5
Gallas: Kept Owen quiet all day and defended well when called upon. 7
Sagna: Great as always if not a little quiet. You felt Clichy was getting more support from Nasri than Sags was getting from Eboue… maybe that is what stunted his attacking mindset today. 7
Nasri: This man is what we waited 3 years for Hleb to be like… except he is better. He ran back and made a slide tackle in the box, he protected Clichy well defensively and worked well with him going forward. He likes to take free kicks (Wait until you see the pics later), he likes to shoot and he floats into great positions. Grovers, we have a player on our hands! 9
Cesc: Great to have the main man back! He played really well today, controlling the tempo without ever really over exerting himself. I would suspect he enjoys having Nasri in the team…His creative flair may add a bit of competition in the first team 11. I noticed Cesc playing quite deep today… 7
Denilson: Probably his best game in an Arsenal shirt this season. He even popped up for a goal. Lets not go overboard though… he is still not the answer to our DM problems but I am sure he will one day be a great player. 7.5
Eboue: Had a storming game today. If he didn’t have anything on, he’d pass it. That was refreshing. A stupid dive in the second half gave us all flash backs of what a prat he is, but other than that, I was impressed. He even has his own song… ‘YOU ONLY CAME TO SEE EBOUE, YOU ONLY CAME TO SEE EBOUE!’ 7.5
Adebayor: Some told me he was jeered by a few when he came one… but I didn’t hear that. He was cheered by most of the ground today, and I hope he appreciates that. His play was a touch off… he is still not at the races and he is not defending from the front like he used to. Give him time to get over his ego bashing and I am sure the goals will start flowing again. 7
RvP: 2 goals to his name… a good performance to his name… An injury where he needed to take his boot off. Same old, same old. If he has done something long term to his foot, is it not time to consider a new striker? If Thierry Henry was injured that much, would we have won the Premiership, or gone unbeaten? Doubtful… How can we afford to have a world class player on our books who can’t manage 10 games? 8
Finally, three points.
Mike Ashley can down a pint in the stands… something which is highly illegal for anyone else to do… and it is laughed about by MoTD? I hope an investigation is held into the matter.
Secondly, well played to the Arsenal Boo boys… Joey Barton truly is a cunt of Epic proportions and he deserved all the vitriol aimed at him yesterday. What a piece of Scum, Newcastle should be ashamed of themselves for keeping him on their books. The atmosphere was fantastic yesterday, I hope that came across on TV.
Thirdly, if anyone knows who was interviewing Arsene for match of the day… find out his address, post it on Le Grove and we’ll send someone over to clip him round the ear…
‘I guess Arsene, you wont need to sign anyone now?’
So, great performance against weak opposition. Someone said this at the end of the game and I thought it was worth a mention:
‘They may have been weak, but it makes a change to paste a team who are weak.’
Great point, more of the same in the next match!
Have a great Sunday!
P.S. I have some great pics to post up later and I will be putting together a proposal for a Le Grove ticket exchange!