What can you say? A professional no frills spanking dished out in orderly fashion on a Saturday 3pm kickoff. Perfect. No stress, no injuries, no bad luck, no concerns.
The afternoon had a slight chill in the air, rain clouds teetering on a down pour. The atmosphere was buzzing, form had returned to the team and for the first time in a while, the fans as well. Amazing what a run of form can do for everyone.
The main change from mid week was Laurent in for Mertesacker. The rest of our team was standard starting 11 from what was available.
Laurent made two confident interceptions within the first 5, fan love went into overdrive as he landed himself a mini standing ovation. People are truly appreciating his improvement and dedication to the cause.
The flow of the match was mostly in our favour, we weren’t carving out loads of chances, the closest we went early on was a Robin conversion from 30 yards.
We couldn’t work out who started the move for the first, but it looked like Ramsey who slid in a ball to the right, Theo latched on at pace, he fired down the gullet of the keeper, the shot was parried, Robin was in the right place to turn in his first of the day.
The crowd went wild, one man took it too far though when he started singing ‘sexy Van Persie’… A little too much man love there my friend.
Arsenal were playing some great football and the fans were loving it.
Santos was having a much better game, he was far more efficient on the ball an he was making some timely defensive interceptions.
Koscielny looked to have nearly given a penalty away after Song and Santos fell over trying to defend the build up of a rare WBA attack.
Down the other end, Gervinho was keeping busy. He floated a superb pass at the back post, Robin brought it down and fired it across the area for Vermaelen to expertly finish low and to the right of Foster. An excellent move and a deserved goal from a player who has had a rough old year.
The second half was controlled in the same well organised fashion the first half was. Wenger wasn’t interested in flair these days, he was interested in points.
Robin nearly supplied Verm again from a whipped corner that the Belgian could only head over.
Gervinho carved out a great chance for Rambo with some fancy footwork on the edge of the area, the Welshman could only shoot wide.
Jenkinson was putting in a dogged performance on the right. I love his attitude and his excellent crossing. Bragging about our full backs distribution in attack hasn’t been a regular occurance over the last 5 years.
Ben Foster’s distribution was as bad as it was when he played at the Emirates for Watford. Woeful stuff.
Song tested the keeper after receiving back the one two from Gervinho on the edge of the box, his shot was parried away by the keeper.
Mikel made it 3 after Robin set Rosicky free, the Czech played it back to Robin who cut back to Arteta who was on hand to bury the ball home.
There were a few testing moments at the end. Vermaelen slid in to block a Tchoyi shot. Steven Reid found space from a corner late on after Jenko lost him in the box. Luckily Chezzer was on hand to take care of business.
The whistle blew, game over. 3 more points in the slightly more weighty bag. Watch out Spurs and Liverpool, we’re on a bit of a run!
(…and we landed a clean sheet)
This doesn’t need a lot of words. The team have worked out how to play with each other, experienced heads are finding form and confidence is seeping back into the team and the fans. A perfect November storm for progress and table climbing.
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Chezzer: didn’t have a lot to do but dealt with long balls into the box with perfect calmness. 7
Jenko: improving with every game, very solid going forward, needs to keep his concentration at he back. 7.5
Kozzer: solid and dependable. Really benefitting from being no where near Squillaci. 7
Verm: leading at the back and communicating all the time with authority. Great goal as well. 8
Santos: better positional awareness and more efficiency in his passing. 7
Song: bossed the midfield all day. Great Strength, solid passing and nearly a goal. 7.5
Arteta: really solid purchase, great experience and a fighter. Good goal as well. 7.5
Rambo: another game that raised his profile. Our midfield is going to look pretty exciting come January! 7.5
Robin: at the heart of everything as usual and on the score sheet again. 8.5
Gervinho: a proper footballer with much to give this season. He has tricks and natural flair to go round backlines that want to sit deep. 8
Theo: his pace is always a threat as is his finishing. He’s a bit wasteful in the final third and can go missing sometimes. 7
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