Ok, so I ended up watching the match in some Soho bar, dressed as the mad hatter. My report will be strictly note form today, exactly as I saw the match. Apologies for the lack of craft, this is totally blackberry!
Scored more goals than we’ve scored before, but conceded the most in our Premier League history.
Rambo starts the game ahead of Song because Wenger wants to give him a run out. Geoff predicted correctly!
Wolves make the first chance of the game with a looping kevin doyle header. Gibbs cleared off the line.
Ebanks Blake gets a header off from a corner that fizzed past Almunia’s near post.
Wolves were playing a high line which Van the man nearly exploited.
Eduardo had a shout for a penalty turned down. What a joke, it was a nailed on one. Match of the day of course didn’t show that one.
Wolves continued to exploit us aerially. They had a game plan, and it was doing well. Diaby took a few minutes out to allow us to gain composure… I hoped! Song took his place, then I realised it wasn’t a a cunning Diaby plan. This team amendment would hopefully allow Rambo the chance to get forward.
Arsenal picked up a free kick after Eduardo was cynically shoved over. RVP fizzed in the free kick…it missed everyone and went in off Zubar. I jumped up, saw Eduardo waving his finger…assumed it was disallowed, thankfully it was just an admittance that the goal wasn’t his. Arsenal were undeservedly ahead.
Arsenal started to dominate.
Song broke up play in the middle, laid it off to Rambo whose pace allowed him to beat his man, he then passed to Eduardo who with one touch, chipped Hennesey in stunning fashion, well maybe a tiny deflection.
Sagna won the ball in his own half and gave it to Cesc, who then passed it back to Sagna, who elegantly chipped the ball to Van persie, who stunned the ball to Cesc, who buried it inside Henneseys near post. Fab-ulous stuff. Sagna loves an assist lately, eh?
The second half started slowly. I did wonder to myself why Rambo didn’t start ahead of Diaby? Song was reassuring in the middle, cleaning up like Ashley Cole in a room full of ugly hair dressers. Aaron Ramsey was a touch unpredictable in the first half, but going forward he looked every bit the player we’d hoped for.
Gibbs was booked for a challenge he tried to pull out of… …harsh in my opinion.
Arshavin scored our fourth after he buried the punch out back into the net from twenty yards out, super, super strike.
Arsenal dominated the rest of the game until the 89th minute when I said to my friend,
‘This is when we concede’
Sure enough, we gave away a needless corner, Vermaelen lost his marker and Wolves nabbed their consolation goal. I had a disagreement with a few of the grovers about late goals. My view is if you concede enough of them, it becomes a mental issue. I think its apparent we have a problem now, it doesn’t bode well for the big games does it? 4 late goals in 5 games, very upsetting from a perfectionist point of view.
Superb play at times after a shaky start, who cares though, we are second, and if today is a draw, we can go top by beating the chavs, so after much soul searching, I asked the postmeister Geoff for his opinion on the ideal result, and we both agreed a draw would suit, a nil, nil one, followed by 4 sendings off for violent conduct.
Have a super Sunday and let’s hope for the perfect result to finish off a great weekend.