The match was pretty easy with a number of rotations taking place, in came Diaby, Eduardo, Gibbs and Eboue, later we saw Bendtner, Ramsey and Merida and to be honest I thought they all did well.
Diaby does impress me with his finishing, he got two early doors and that set the tone, Almunia contrived to screw up royally by not managing to out jump a Pompey forward even though he himself can use his hands and his 6′ 4″ frame, Almunia continues to be an enigma for me, but heck we won 4-1 so I’m not complaining.
A special mention to young Aaron Ramsey, a pin point through ball from the boy wonder allowed us to see a cracking piece of composed finishing around England’s number one, David James, well done that man, sensational. A joy to watch.
I won’t give player ratings as I thought they all played well, so I’ll give the whole team 10. I would say we had a comfortable day at the office, we did what was needed, what we should do against teams like Pompey, don’t get me wrong, I think they will give many teams problems, but last season we lost to Stoke and Fulham but today we showed we have learned from that. I hope.
The Gallas incident was fine, the Portsmouth forward fell over his own leg. Hart, you need to get a pair of glasses.
The management contrived to give everyone at the ground a free scarf, well done Arsenal, if you want my advice, drop a pound off the price of a pint, that would be more use, oh and did you not think we all had our own scarves? Condescending and embarrassing I call it. Yes it looked pretty, but why?
I’m not whining, but since Gazidas and Kroenke got here we do seem to be turning into some kind of American sports franchise, what’s next, foam fingers, cheerleaders and nachos? We already have Elvis for Christ’s sake!
Why do Americans just assume the whole world loves their tat? Stan pick the phone up and ask an Arsenal fan what we like, don’t ask uncle Fester, he may well be Richie Cunningham and his new mates Potsie, Ralph and the Fonz, but this is Islington, London, not Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
We want good value snacks, reasonably priced beverages, and lower admission charges, we’d also like to be able to stand up occasionally and sing.
I quite liked the free flags at the Champions league game, which we waved for 7 and a half minutes but if you want to do something useful, give us cheaper beer and proper burgers, that’s the way to win friends and influence fans.
Well me anyway, they gave us all a free scarf with our season ticket renewals, it was the cheapest, nastiest scarf I have ever seen I wouldn’t wear it if you paid me, I’m guessing the ones they gave out yesterday were run ons from the season ticket give-aways.
Anyway back to the team, we do look slick going forward and if it wasn’t for David James we could have been 6 or 7 up at half time, Vermaelen continues to impress and at one stage he had a rasping shot that I thought was Robin’s, he even had the shot that Gallas followed up on to score, this kid was a shrewd signing so well done Arsene.
I thought Eboue looked solid and I have to say he crosses so much better than Sagna, I think that once the forwards start to click we will begin to stuff teams, and I don’t think it will be long before that happens, I hope it starts this week against Celtic and continues against the Mancs next weekend.
Three out of three and we can’t complain, I know that only two are in the league but that still makes for a great start and we are still top of the league. Numero uno, the number one, fantastic.
So I’m not complaining, I just hope that Diaby’s knock doesn’t put him out for 10 weeks. Him in the team makes us more of an attacking unit.
Eduardo looked sharp though and it’s still only August, we have Rosicky, Nasri, Theo and Djourou to return so the future looks bright, it would look even brighter if he signed a couple more though, what about Sackho and Matuidi? Anyone?
Have a great Sunday Grovers, next week is going to be huge, I wonder what they’ll leave on the seat on Tuesday???