Well that was more like, eh?
Arsenal swept to what can only be described as a superb victory.
We tanked Stoke with ease. We brought swagger to the occasion. A few of our not so confident names stepped up and announced themselves on the Premiership season.
I couldn’t attend the game, so this won’t be long.
Theo Walcott had a good game from a ‘I’ve begun’ perspective. He was busy, his movement caused Stoke problems and his good finish opened our scoring. He was still quite indifferent in front of goal, but really, I don’t worry about his finishing because I think he’s the best at the club, I worry that he hasn’t before this been finding the positions to miss. So all in all, a great day for him.
A down-trodden Olivier Giroud, came on as a sub and nodded in a set play from a pretty tough angle. Again, a striker low on confidence hitting the score sheet is always a good thing. Those two need some love. Score some goals and the crowd will dish it out like hugs at nineties rave.
The challenge with both of them is that they’re 75% there. They’re not well rounded. That means in the tightest games, you don’t always have the class in front of goal when it comes down to one chance. When your one chance needs pace, Giroud doesn’t have it. When your one chance needs need aerial prowess, Theo isn’t there. Still, it is what it is now. One good thing is Wenger is taking rotation seriously this season. I’ve never heard him talk about it in September.
‘At the moment, we play every three days for three weeks so I will have to rotate the strikers’
Also worth noting that many of the woes over at Chelsea are because Mourinho didn’t rotate at all last season. Now his players are struggling for freshness. Good to see that Jose can’t bend physiology as well as he bends the press.
Other notable performances came from Ozil. Pulling the strings like a demon. He was part of everything, setting the tone and the pace for the day.
Aaron Ramsey was busy. Not quite back to his sharpest, but he’s looking very solid at the moment and when those goals start dropping for him, we’ll hopefully see some of the form that made him one of the best midfielders in Europe a few seasons ago.
Finally, great to see our man Coquelin getting stuck in, delivering a very good game. He started the move for the first goal with a superb tackle. I know that some aren’t fans of him, but I really am. You don’t need to be world class to make a go of that position. His passing will improve, he has the bit you can’t teach… drive and passion for defence.
A great day, especially as Chelsea bombed again. Jose can’t cope if the owner doesn’t give him more pocket money than the older boys. It’s coming unstuck right now, which is hilarious. However, let’s remember that he’s one of the best in the business. He’ll be back fighting by the end, that you can be sure of… feel free to crow in the meantime… and fingers crossed, behind the scenes, Abramovich is going to fire him! Also interesting to see that Martial scored a stunner on his debut… let’s see how that gamble pays off.
HAVE A GOOD DAY xxx