I went out last night with the US office, hoping maybe to sample the NYC scene. Instead, I bumped into a Gooner, ended up spending the whole night chatting about Arsenal. If there’s one common theme to get people talking, it’s the Gooners
Last night we tore a very weak Fenerbache a new one. The first half was dominated by Arsenal without much clinical edge, the second half saw a better Arsenal and a smashing 3 goal mauling. Fenerbache still threatened, Chesney, on the news we’re looking for a new keeper put in a fine performance making two seriously smart saves. One at the feet of a lunging Webo, the second a reaction save from a cross goal shot. Standard work for most keepers, an ‘I’m so grateful’ moment for most Arsenal fans.
People who put in a good shift? Aaron Ramsey was the standout performer. He’s starting to find his rhytmn in midfield. Before his injury, I remember champing his stats in training. He’d cover the most ground, take the most shots, make the most tackles… he’s starting to find his ‘all action’ hero feet again and his performance yesterday indicated he’s ready to make the jump this season. He capped off a terriffic game with a long range effort Fener keeper helped into the back of the net.
I thought Rosicky played well. Quite a few fans don’t rate him on account of his lack of goals. I always disagree. What he brings to every game is high energy and a ‘forward’ attitude. He keeps the ball moving. He turns quickly and sideways / backwards are the only two places you know he’s not going. The opening goal came from some lovely work from Theo. Ramsey slipped him in, instead of shooting for the bottom corner, he cut a call across goal to find Gibbs at the back post. A sweet move.
The third goal came from yet more good work from Theo, he latched onto a ball fired into the box, cutting across the Fener full back, he was clattered and the ref pointed to the spot. Giroud, pretty annonymous most of the game, smashed his penalty into the top corner. Nice work.
What, I’ve already spoken about the second goal? Screw the order…
Anyway, Kozzer busted his head open on Webo’s boot. The cut is deep, hopefully he’s ok, if not, we’re in trouble.
On the transfer front, we’re apparently no longer in for Suarez. We’re going big though. Madrid don’t have the cash for Bale, so they’re looking to raise money. The theory is they sell Benzema, move CR7 to the middle, buy Bale.
I think this is a theory. But an intelligent one. We’re moving for someone in Spain or a Spaniard. So… Torres or Benzema.
… lord say it’s Benzema.
That’s it. Good times. Fulham is the next challenge. It’ll be tough. Tired legs, depleted squad. So keep them crossed that confidence is an adrenaline shot in the arm.