So another victory, the ninth in a row I think? The team can do no wrong at the moment. It wasn’t the greatest performance, but it was hard fought, ground out victory. Someone just told me that Arsenal are the first British team to win there? This was the sort of performance we couldn’t buy in Europe 5 years ago; we looked comfortable and confident of getting a goal . It was a game of patience and we were duly rewarded.
Some people will bemoan the performance as it lacked its normal slickness and creative flair, but not me. You can’t play total football all the time, and playing away in Romania on a damp night in a miserable, quarter filled stadium is hardly be inspiring, is it?
3 points has done us nicely and we are now sitting pretty at the top of our group and looking good for qualification. Gone are the days of playing catch up I hope!
I wont give a full player review, well at least that’s the plan! I’ll give a break down of some key performers below, much in the same way I reviewed the West Ham game:
Again, no complaints from our new number one. He was solid again. There was one dodgy moment when Clichy nearly nodded a back past round him, but the big Spanish man got down quickly and saved well. I couldn’t work out who was at fault for that one? Big Al’s kicking was good , he dealt with some powerful back passes very well
Mopped up like he was working the kitchens at McDonald’s. I can’t praise this man enough, he is by far the most underrated defender in the Prem, maybe even the universe? He is quick, strong and good in the air. He did particularly well when Big Al cleared a long ball with his head, and Dica half volleyed it back at goal. I had deja vu when he hit that!
A solid game at the back from Phil. His passing was good, he marshalled the defence well and he didn’t have any dodgy moments. I didn’t get to see the replay when the worst finisher in the world broke free, so I couldn’t tell whether that was a defensive issue or a lino issue? Overall, the defence held the line well all night.
His passing was a touch off tonight and I thought he could have done better with his crossing. We all have off days though. He definitely scored a goal in the first half, how fucking blind was the commentator? The keeper didn’t keep it out at all! Why didn’t Ade protest? Water under the bridge I guess?
Solid. How often could you say that about our right back last year? I love him.
I was one of those who suggested he would be employed as a winger this year, I thought it would work. Based on last nights performance I would say that I was wrong to assume that. He was pretty crap, he dithered on the ball and wasn’t particularly penetrative with his runs. Still, he is new to the position and I have high hopes for him.
He seemed to have shaken off that knee injury, I guess that’s what happens when you have rubber legs. He was tricky again last night, and I thought his passing was good. He always causes a problem for the opposition. I guess its hard to know what somebody’s about to do when the player himself doesn’t know!
A gritty performance from the French hard man. He was all over the place, getting stuck in, making some great passes and having a few shots. Did anyone see that lovely back heel he played in the second half? It was sublime! He was my man of the match.
Missed an absolute sitter in the first half! I am getting sick and tired of this man’s poor finishing. He didn’t even get a goal today? Jokes aside, it was a quieter Cesc performance, but after his early season form, we can forgive him! He played a great dummy for the goal…
I thought Robin had a good game. He was a lot more involved in our play today. I love the way he defends from the front, and I like the fact he is a little dirty! After 2 years under St. Henry, I like to see a bit of filth from our players! The goal was never in doubt was it? A powerful shot smashed into the top corner! I wonder if Robin was bullied by a Mitre Delta football as a youngster? He seems to take a lot of aggression out on the ball! Can you imagine Robin placing a shot?
Ade Ade Ade:
I don’t know where to go with this? Lets be honest, he was pretty shite for a majority of the game. His shooting was rubbish and his passing was pretty poor. The thing is, how can you slate a man who works as hard as he does? The man never gives up and that’s why I love him in the team. He worked and worked and worked, then he got his break. He ran down the wing, cut in, missed his pass to Cesc and was rewarded by RVP’s good positioning! BANG! GOAL!
You could tell the rest of the player appreciate his game play just by the celebrations.
Well done Ade. Good things come to those who work.
Wenger applauded the teams patience after the game, saying that it showed a new found maturity and I think everyone will agree with that.
There are some more stories on Jabba today. I think David Dein better watch his back if these comments are anything to go by! He also want dividends. He is worth £2.8 billion, and he wants dividends? Fuck me, how much money does that man need! Here is a business tip Jabba. Go and buy a catering firm, use them a your sole provider of food and you will reep higher dividends than you would at Arsenal. You will actually profit from you own greed?
Finally, has anyone else noticed how the press have already started printing stories about Arsenal going on another invincible season. It won’t happen. Every Arsenal fan knows they are building us up so they can shoot us back down.
Lets just enjoy another victory and look forward to smashing Sunderland on Sunday!