Arsenal battled back from a majorly offside Louis Saha goal to win an incredibly important game at the Emirates.
The Frenchman put Everton ahead in the first half after straying a yard into an offside position, picking up a poor Kozzer clearance and banging the ball in with an incredible finish. He was clearly offside, it clearly doesn’t matter that Kozzer touched the ball and the officials totally embarrassed themselves in the way they handled the situation.
I mean what the hell is it with men? Can’t they do more than two things at once? Is it seriously that flipping hard to watch a game and manage a flag at the same time? Where’s a good woman when you need her? Where the hell was Sian Massey to right their wrongs!
Anyway, the goal stood and we had a game on our hands.
We struggled really hard in the first half to make any head way, our poor football from the weekend was on show again and we were finding it hard to get a foothold in a game against a team that sets up not to lose first and foremost.
Theo Walcott went close but had his shot blocked by Tim Howard. A bit later Kozzer failed to connect with a flicked JD header from a Robin Van Persie cross. Hardly inspiring stuff from the boys… half time was met by jeering. No one likes to see a transfer window close with no activity only to be met with an abject display of, ‘I don’t fancy it.’
The second half needed something inspired, like perhaps bringing on that Russian chap everyone gives a hard time?
On he trotted, Cesc picked him out with a chipped pass that was just high enough to cause Rodwell to glance it into the path of Arshavin, who watched it all the way and side foot volleyed past Tim Howard.
That is what you pay your money for, that finish was exceptional, that is why I love him. I also heard he’s not having the best time of it in his personal life, I hope anyone who has abused him over the past couple of months now really bad, you know, that kind of guilt you feel when you see a tramp drinking something other than Peroni.
Anyway, we weren’t finished there, barely 5 minutes later, Robin Van Persie whipped in a trademark corner (that he pretends is a freekick) that looped high and towards the back post… who was on hand? Kozzer was… he buried home the winner expertly from 6 yards!
Is the boy turning into our Vermaelen in the second half of the season? Improved performances at the back and a penchant for a goal!
The game played out, the Emirates crowd went home happy and all that was left to mull over was the sad fact that we’ve now lost Song. Does that mean we should have rested him for tonight or does it simply mean that you can’t predict when players are going to pick up problems? It’s the latter incase you were thinking too hard about that one. What this does is create a horrible situation where we’ll have to play either Denilson or Diaby for some important games.
Chances are it’s going to be Diaby with Denilson out with a hamstring injury. That said, we all know how quickly players like Denilson recover in comparison to players like Cesc, Song and Robin. So I wouldn’t hold your breath.
I said yesterday that I think we’re going to take the cup double this season and that there is a strong chance that if we remain injury free, we’ll win the league. Already though we’re under the kosh. We have an exceptional first team, but our second string has been a problem. Song and Nasri are part of our spine and without them, we’re not going to look the same. Song is the real worry though… he’s taken his game to another level over the past few months and it’s crucial he isn’t out for too long.
So, Arsenal win ugly against Everton. After the run of games that we’ve had, I’m not too fussed about how we played. The three points are the important thing. Coming back from a hotly disputed goal also pleases me, in years gone by we’ve been prone to feeling sorry for ourselves, not last night, we took the game by the scruff of the neck and made the result happen for us.
There is a lot of moaning in the press about Cesc’s attitude towards the referees. How many times have I said we should treat the officials with the same contempt other teams do? There is no advantage to be had in being the nicest team in the Premiership. I’m glad Cesc gave it some last night.
I read an interesting article in the Evening Standard featuring Denilson. If you read between the lines, it reeked of PR intervention, clearly the new corporate team realise he’s not a fan favourite so they’ve sent him to a reporter for some positive press coverage… of which I have to say, was very good to read. The jist was that he stayed on to fight for the team at the weekend, he doesn’t mind being dropped for players he trusts and he’ll always go to games regardless of whether he’s in the squad.
The article also alluded to Arsenal’s youngsters being galvanised by great cup runs this year. Now, we were a lone voice (in the blogosphere) on that front for ages… now I’m hoping we’re starting to see the benefits of being competitive and wanting to win everything. If you think we should flunk competitions to rest players, you’re missing the whole point of sport. That sort of attitude breeds complacency, a problem our first team has certainly moved away from this year.
Lets keep our heads up, be thankful for a win and move onto the next game. The title is United’s to lose, the longer they go unbeaten, the harder it’ll hit when they lose their first game.
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Well done to the stewards in the blue quadrant exactly opposite the red action groups 4 allowing our section to stand up to sing. It created a great atmosphere, we sang the boys home.
Arsene, feel free to go on about Mental Strength tonight, for once we f*cking had it in fucking bundles!
Great to see Koscielny have another corker. For the few mistakes he made initially (which you really have to expect coming into a league that has a clear jump in pace and quality) he’s been pretty good. The great thing is he’s clearly improving in terms of positioning. I think he may just be Vermaelen’s partner…I think JD looks a little less composed as our new fave defender.
Bengali Gunner says:
Clichy’s been excellent recently. I’ve always liked him. He seems to have worked on his defending, much more aware and his aggression and strength seems to have improved.
Walking Wounded says:
Moyes is a miserable c*nt.
What a grass, takes the flak off of his team, by jumping on the “jump on Cesc” bandwagon
Whatever was said in the tunnel, was both justified and as long as it was not to the referees face, perfectly fine.
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