We went to a tough country to play football, the stadium had a power cut because that’s what happens in these places, I expect it was done on purpose, however after an early predictable onslaught we soon settled into our stride, Jack and Arshavin combined sublimely to get our first, top drawer back heel from our little maestro and a great finish from Arshavin. One nil to the Arsenal.
Arshavin was unlucky not to claim a second shortly after but an overhead scissor type kick from their defender put paid to that so it remained one nil, until dopey handballed it for no reason from a 20 yard pass going nowhere, the dimwitted look on his face said it all, 1-1.
The second half started well and when Chamakh was brought down and the player was sent off, there was only ever going to be one winner, up steps the Russian hit man and dribbles it straight down the middle into the keepers grateful feet, still 1-1!
Soon after after two great headers from Chamakh we are 2-1 up. Not wishing to miss out on the aerial stuff, up pops Squillaci to make the score 3-1, so much for the stupid Belgrade banner that said in English that we were going to be steam rollered!
Gibbs took down their forward to give them another penalty but this time Fabianski went the right way. Shortly after that he pulled of a fabulous save, one of his trademark acrobatic ones that had Wenger gloating that ‘that was the Lukas I see every day in training’ Predictable Arsene, predictable.
Yes Fabianski had a good game, but that should be the norm, whatever he did last night, he should remember and try that in his next game, which I’m guessing will be Chelsea on Sunday.
A good all round performance from the team, after the shambles of Saturday it was heartening to see, I won’t do any individual assessment of the players save to say they all deserved an 8, well apart from two of them, I won’t say what two but one should get a 6 as he at least tried, the other a 3 because his kit looked good.
If you couldn’t see the two I’m talking about you couldn’t have been watching.
Fabianski had a good game so credit to him, but don’t forget, even a blind Squirrel occassionally gets an acorn, put a decent run together and maybe I’ll change my mind, we’ll see, but Arsene, if I were you I would save the ‘I told you so grin’ until after the next game.
To sum up, well done the Arsenal, great game, great play and Jack, you just keep getting better, keep it up son, we’ll soon have Theo back, Bendtner back, Robin back and Cesc back, then think what we could achieve! I’m licking my lips in anticipation.
Have a great day Grovers, I know I will.