A quick post from me this morning…due to the nature of where I am…on the floor of a chums bar in Tottenham court road!
So yesterday marked an impressive return from the international break. Manchester City are no pushovers, but yesterday… Arsenal made them look like relegation fodder.
The only way I can describe the performance was total control… that has to go down as one of the best performances of the season in my book. Start to finish we dominated. Quality oozed throughout the team… the passing was crisp… the pace we were knocking the ball about was sharp and the creativity was unpredictable.
Arsenal lined up with a 4-5-1, with Arshavin out wide…and Cesc sitting in the hole. It was the first time this season Cesc has been given a role so attacking. I think it was partly due to the fact the coach has more trust in his players now… partly to make sure he wasn’t putting his main man in the firing line so early.
I thought Cesc was cute with his passing and sparky as usual. He looked bigger than he did the last time I saw him grace the Emirates and I thought he played like he’d been in the team for the last 10 games.
Arshavin played like he’d been with the club his whole life. Not only is he armed with Bobby Pires like ingenuity on the ball, he is also gifted with a bull like strength and the typical grit you associate with an Eastern Bloc citizen.
It didn’t take long for Arsenal to open up City. After Sagna was fouled by Robinho, Cesc delivered a pin point cross onto the waiting Adebayor’s head… The Togan duly buried it low and hard.
The second came early on in the second half. Fabregas laid on an inch perfect chip into the path of Ade, who either judged what the keeper was doing, took a touch round him… slotting it into the empty net… or he took a bad touch and finished due to some good luck. Either way… we scored two more than City.
So… the air of optimism is back at the home of football…we’ve transferred our form against weak teams, into good form against good teams. Now all that is left to do is win all our remaining fixtures and make this a season to remember!
Come on you reds!
Almunia: Made a couple of tidy saves. Distribution was first class all day. 7
Clichy: Solid game from our left back. He bombed forward with purpose and looked like he’d forgotten the problems of the last few weeks. 7
Gallas: I thought he dealt well with most that was thrown at him. I was unimpressed when he let City walk through as at one point… that was a bit of a worrying moment… but again, another clean sheet. 7
Toure: A great performance from our favourite African. Some top notch tackles and some exciting runs into the box. African’s clearly enjoy playing in the beaming sunshine… and it showed in Kolo’s performance today. 8
Sagna: First assist of the season… well, kind of… he set up the freekick? I thought he was back to his solid dependable best yesterday. He’s going to be very important for the run in. 7
Arshavin: He is our new wizard… he plays wherever he is needed… floats across the midfield like a butterfly and imposes his game on the opposition. What a signing…. what a player… shame he is cup tied. 8.5
Cesc: Top performance from our main man. The arrogant little Spaniard comes back into the team, thinking he’s all billy big bollocks and sets up two goals… who does he think he is? 9
Denilson: Made some poor passes early on… but more than made amends later on in the game. He was everywhere… pressuring City players and opening up the creative players to do what they do best. 8
Song: Quiet today… just gets on with winning the ball in the air and distributing it to the man next to him. Tidy with his passing and effective. 7
Theo: When he wasn’t on the floor complaining about and injury he was scaring the hell out of the City defence. There was more directness about his game today and he looked more of a threat than usual… lets hope he can stay fit more than five minutes! 7.5
Adebayor: Looked like he’d had a long hard look at himself and his game during his time out. He worked hard, he cut out the poor passing and he looked like he wanted to be a part of the team again. I was very impressed and who wouldn’t be happy with two goals? 8