Our little Russian reminded us yesterday of what a super, super talent he really is, I cannot come up with enough superlatives to cover his performance in this game.
I have to say the starting line up filled me with horror, Eboue back in midfield again, no, surely we have better options than that, well we do, but Wenger put him there regardless.
A 5 man midfield at home against Stoke was a strange choice and it still puzzles me, but to be honest, when we played, we still looked like we were playing 4-3-3, the fact that we only had one striker dulled the point of the sword a tad, but the football we played was amazing.
I won’t do a match report because that’s Pedro’s job, and he was partying last night so you’re stuck with me, thank god we won eh!
I’ll start with a 9 for the team, so no one can say I gave one more than I gave another.
We got an early penalty from a great little jink through from Arshavin, and when Cesc stepped up I just hoped that when he side footed it, he didn’t side foot it the way Sorenson was going, well he did and the score stayed 0-0, shortly after our diminutive little Russian playmaker scored a fantastic goal, much deserved and very, very accurate.
Then we broke through again and the post saved an own goal, Cesc latched onto the rebound but Eboue cleared it off the line for Stoke. …Yes I know he plays for Arsenal.
Second half saw the end of Rosicky so Vela came on, Arsene, you must not renew Rosicky’s contract, he is a crock and we can’t afford to keep him, do it on a pay as you play basis, but don’t give him a shiny new contract. I love him, but enough is enough.
Sorenson kept them in the game, oh how I wished he played for us, the first three Delap long throws that came in, the hapless Almunia flapped at them, what does Wenger see in him? Someone please tell me, there must be an AKB reading this that has some idea, I won’t hold my breath though.
Tony Pulis substituted Eboue shortly after and the magnificent Ramsey entered the stage, he started those wonderful little one-two’s and the team started to get closer and play better, shortly after he scored from a great little move and another one-two. Arsene you have got to start giving him the time you give to the Marmites, this kid can play anywhere in midfield and looks the part.
And yes, I know Tony Pulis is the Stoke manager!
Some may say the chavs lost so we are back in it, others may say it was only Stoke so don’t get too excited, me, I think all the games are tough and we have our work cut out finishing in the top four.
I will say our midfield look much, much better than it has done for weeks, we looked more like a team that could move the ball swiftly from one end to the other, so draw your own conclusions from that one.
I would be unfair if I didn’t say well done to Sagna, I thought he had a great game, the whole team looked like they had a toe up their arses for this one, and rightly so.
Great performance Arsenal, get your cheque book out boss, we really do need to spend some money, and before you say Dzeko is out of our price range, you may want to ask Wolfsburg, how much first, they may surprise you.
Have a great day Grovers, we won, we closed the gap and we are back in front of Tottenham again!