Well a day of mixed emotions really, we went one down to a well taken goal but when you have a keeper that dives at the floor and stretches his arm up aka Fabianski you are never going to get to a shot that’s roofed into the net.
Never mind, this is not the day to have a pop at anyone, not even our third choice keeper, he did make a couple of important save later on so I guess it all evens itself out along the way.
Giroud opened his account with a blinder, he got there one game quicker than Henry so if he’s in that guys league we have a lot to look forward to.
He started the move by passing to Podolski who crossed it back for him to nail it on the volley, poetic.
I think he offers us a new dimension and holds the ball up well, he’s certainly no Chamakh and we have a better balance and a set piece threat with him in the team.
Podolski had a quieter game as did Gervinho but Theo once again showed what a great finisher he is, if Wenger stopped sulking and stuck him up font we would be better for it, in my humble opinion.
The star of the show was Cazorla, what a player he is, if only we had bought him when we first spotted him, we could have had a midfield of Cesc, Nasri, Jack and Cazorla!
However by waiting three more years we saved at least £5mil and that makes so much more sense, is a shining example in financial prudence, and of course allowed us to be able to reward Ivan with a modest bonus.
Well we can’t have that midfield but a midfield of Arteta, Cazorla, Jack and Ramsey isn’t all bad is it?
Mertesacker got injured but I hope it isn’t too bad because he looked good at the back, I think he steadies the ship and I would prefer a back four with him in it.
Jenkinson proved himself again and looks to be giving Wenger a selection problem, great as that’s what this team has always needed.
I figured we have some great players and the only time their form dips is when they get their salaries doubled, look at Oxo and conversely look at Walcott, one got a pay rise and one didn’t.
Getting back to Theo, he is a poor winger and not worth keeping, we all know that, so what has he got to lose trying him up front? Nothing thats what, so if he does and it doesn’t work then sell him at Christmas.
We are starting to look solid as a team but make no mistake, West Ham had a couple of open goals that had they scored I wouldn’t be writing this like a dog with two dicks. We still have those mad moments, last week they cost us and this week they didn’t, I hope Stevie boy is working on that in training.
So a great day at Upton Park, the team looked united and up for it when we went one down, Giroud looks like the real deal to me and his goal will lift him, it was a great finish, Theo’s goal was super cool and the way he curled it round the keeper was Henryesque but Cazorla’s was a ripper.
It’s also worth mentioning that Theo passed to Cazorla to score his wonder goal and that Giroud threaded a super ball to Theo for Theo’s goal. How’s that for teamwork!
A final mention to the defence for keeping the monster that is Carroll out, I still remember him scoring against us when he was a Geordie.
I sure did get hammered after watching us hammer the Hammers but I don’t have a hangover, hangovers are for girls. Sorry Pedro!
I did think it was sweet watching the automatic bubble machines yesterday, perhaps we ought to get a couple of them at the Emirates…
I feel like Walcott did when he scored against Southampton, I spent 17 years of my life in East Ham, which paradoxically is where West Ham are and I have an affinity with them, so gloating is out.
But it does make me laugh when they are called Cockney boys when the Arsenal ground is 6 miles closer than Upton Park is to the Bow bells.
So bad luck to all my West Ham supporting chums, don’t forget you were the first team to beat us in our shiny new stadium so enjoy that memory this morning.
Have a great day Grovers and bask in the warmth of another great away day, last season we were dropping points at those games. We are up to 5th, just behind West Brom and Everton but a long way from Chelsea, we need to close that gap as soon as we can.
Starting at Norwich week after next, same time, same channel!