Evening all. Apologies for the mega late post however, after agreeing to cover for Pete, I had major transportation issues today and have only just arrived home from the game. Blame TfL.
As this is so late it’s going to be short and sweet. Yesterday’s result was brilliant. The performance for the first hour or so was pretty bad, with only Alexis showing any kind of verve. However for me the turning point was Ramsey coming on for Arteta.
I understand why Wenger plays the double defensive pivot, or whatever it’s called. But we were playing bottom of the league at home. We also still looked very vulnerable on the counterattack, suggesting Arteta and Flamini do not have the collective pace or positional awareness to make a double pivot work. I’d rather Rosicky, Cazorla, the Ox or Ramsey alongside one of the those two to provide a bit more mobility.
While Ramsey’s introduction helped pick up the tempo of the game, Theo and Podolski’s introduction helped tip the balance of the game with the latter connecting with two scorching volleys. You have to think that while Theo’s return will help take some of the expectation of Alexis’s shoulders, Lukas still has a role as a “fox-in-the-box, supersub” type player. Based on his performances so far he certainly deserves some more game time.
However as I said the stand out player was Sanchez. Pressing, tackling, dribbling, shooting: the guy is just absolutely amazing. That first touch for his second goal? Woof! Also how did he score a header when he is 4’8? And also how has he already scored 7 goals?? Ah god I love him.
Afterwards Arsene compared Alexis to Suarez. Although it’s early days, he’s looking like that kind of player: tenacious, lightening quick and he wants to shoot from everywhere.
Lets hope we have Ozil, Theo and Ramsey all back and on top form pretty soon, because that attack is so good, we could play Susan Boyle on her own in defence and still qualify for the Champions League.
Right that’s me done. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. You can follow me on twitter @aldo_doel (you really should every 100th follower wins 50p) xxx