Arsenal banged out a stellar performance yesterday as they destroyed a weak Gala by a superb 4 goals to 1.
Highlights of the game?
Dat guy #W3LBZ
The man who has a smile so big he could be the poster child for the Anerican Dental Association scored three brilliantly taken goals to announce himself to the home crowd. He showed deft composure, explosive pace and he also showed you what applied power looks like. The finishes were calm and assured and the best part? He looked like he loved every moment.
Sanchez and the front line
Everyone seemed to click. Intricate passing, breezing past full backs combined with efficiency made for a pleasant watch. The front three, when wenger picks the right combination, is going to be deadly. You can’t deal with Chamberlain when he’s on fire, Sanchez is outrageous with his turn of pace and movement and as Wenger said after the game… WELBZ has Thierry like pace.
Hey, guess what? The German likes playing in the hole and he likes playing with Sanchez! They looked great last night. Pace matched with explosive pace and technical ability… it’s like yin and yang, gin and tonic, Vela and lady boys! Perfection! To get the best out of Ozil, play him in the position he likes with players he can supply.
Guys and gals, look, I told you about this. He ain’t quite right. His positioning is suspect, his attitude is questionable and last night, his rash lunge for the ball was very poor. He took a red card and put our goal difference at risk. Ospina, well, the jury is out. What he has is maturity, he’s made it the hard way so he appreciates what he has and he can jump, like, really high.
Chezzer needs to be very careful…
Simple fact is generally, we only rotate the squad in crisis. Not very smart I’ll admit. So we have one day less rest than Chelsea… we’re spanking Gala out of sight, at that point, we should be making 2 half time subs and shutting up shop with low energy second half football.
… because I don’t want to be hearing, ‘we were a little bit jaded’ post Chelsea.
We scored more goals, we didn’t shut up shop, we let Gala in. We dropped to ten men. We conceded a goal. Which was unfortunate. But come on, elite teams don’t surrender 3 goal leads with 9 men! Wenger waited until 67mins as usual to make his first unforced sub. All chance of rest ceded. The alarming point is so many Arsenal fans thought that was the right decision because of games like Newcastle. Honestly, the fact fans fear is losing 4 goal leads says it all really. Arsenal, under Wenger used to be better with 10 men! We’d chase teams down and beat them with 10! Oh how times have changed…
Joy before the storm…
‘We’ve come if age’ ‘things have clicked’ ‘it was just a time thing’
Seriously, don’t bite on these headlines yet. Beating Gala is great, but they’re not a great side. All Turkish sides are a million miles off the pace. The test comes at the weekend. We play a seriously scary Chelsea side that have to be up there as one of the scariest teams physically since the last Mourinho offering. This is a game we’re not supposed to win on paper, but football isn’t about paper… it’s about thinking. It’s about preparation. It’s about knowing what they’re going to bring to the match and flipping what they KNOW we’re going to do on it’s head and surprising them.
Point is, Chelsea is the focus. We should be winning at home. It’s brilliant we won by such a margin. It’s brilliant the players lit up the place. But the lack of thought that goes into closing games out worries me. The lack of thought about the weekends match worries me. The fan high worries me, because it’s generally just an illusion. Those players aren’t given the tools to succeed.
… but we’ll see. Rapha Honigstein exposed the lack of video analysis we do at Arsenal in an article yesterday, stating that it’s only just come into force. Something I’ve been telling you about for years eh? Remember the Dropbox stories of last season? The most alarming part of his report, but not surprising, is that one player has told him he runs for 12km a game and he doesn’t know what he’s supposed to be doing.
That approach will take you to fourth, but it’ll never take you to major trophies.
Hopefully the boys will know what they’re doing at the weekend. I’ll catch up with you tomorrow on what I think we need to do to win.
HAVE A GREAT DAY AND SALUTE DAT GUY #W3LBZ
Also salute my new #WELBZ glossary of goalscoring hashtags. Thank me later darlings. x