SPURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: No thanks, not for Arsenal 😂😂😂

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Courtesy of  Arsenal.com

Courtesy of
Arsenal.com

Well, well, well Arsene. I owe you an apology.

I thought the group was dead and buried. You didn’t. You threw everything at it. We came out the other side victorious.

Last night was a superb spectacle. I really can’t drive home the significance of that victory. Teams do not simply go to Greece and spank their Champions by 3 goals without a response. What Arsenal did last night, with a heavily depleted team, was nothing short of exceptional.

That’s doing the job, under pressure and under resourced.

Wenger was understood the magnitude of the win.

“It was one of the great European nights. We made it so difficult for ourselves, no one really gave us any chance but the attitude in that dressing room was fantastic. We knew what we had to do and we always felt that if we kept a clean sheet we would win. The great thing with this game compared to Monaco last season was that we were very patient with the buildup play. Even when we scored, we didn’t go all-out attack. We were calm and relaxed because there was plenty of time.”

Mammoth performances from many names. Laurent Koscielny was a man beast at the back, so much so that Rio Ferdinand crowned him the best defender in the league after the game (whilst also condemning the embarrassment of United bring in the Spursday night league).

Another name that proved his worth for, what, the 16th time this season? Petr Cech. His experience in big games is so important to our chances of success in anything we do this year. He calms, he keeps discipline and he steps up to the plate with spectacular saves when he’s called upon. Where has this keeper been for the last ten years? Another dominant performance from the big man in the black hat!

I also have to doth the cap I don’t wear to Joel Campbell. The guy didn’t look like a player a few months ago. He’s transformed over the last few games. One thing you can never take from the Costa Rican is his heart… he will run until he collapses. He will fight for every ball and he’ll give his all. Last night, he attacked with flair and he defended with balls and determination. His assist for Giroud was straight out the book of Ozil. Is it fair to say, that career trajectory wise, he could be the modern version of Sylvain Wiltord?

Aaron Ramsey appears to be settling into the flow of things in his new position, he dropped a very solid performance, latching onto Ozil’s assist to cross a tantalising ball to Giroud for our first.

Then there’s Olivier. A much better game from the French beauty. His first goal was another header that crept in the near post, his second was a tidy finish from a JC pass and his third was a penalty. His first hattrick! Great work from the big man. Nice that it coincides with a Theo return, a bit of competition through the middle.

We took the game by three and now we face Wolfsburg, Madrid, Barca, Zenit or Atletico in the next round.

Tough games, sure, but by the time they come round, we might have a full squad to choose from (dreams).

I don’t fancy Barcelona, for obvious reasons. They’d destroy most teams. I also wouldn’t fancy that tight compact tactical play from Atletico. But the others, bring them on. We can take them. Give me a quarter finals this year and who knows from there.

One point Theo made was pertinent.

“Whoever we end up playing this time, we must respect them,”

“Monaco, obviously … we didn’t respect them at all.”

Throw the first two games into the mix as well. We have to learn to focus on every game. That’s what Champions are about. No game is above focus.

The positives from last night is that the new line up has found a balance. Joel on the right worked better than on the left, Aaron and Matty worked ok. Our defence looked as good as it has for a while.

The one major red flag is that there are rumours of Ozil having tight muscles. If that’s the case, don’t play him against Villa. It’s too risky ahead of City. No Ozil, no party. It’s as simple as that. He’s integral anyway, but without Santi in the side, he is vitally important. Kid gloves, all the way please…

Right, that’s me done. Well done to the lads and the manager. A great night to savour.

Good prevailed over evil and that’s a beautiful thing.

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  1. underrated Coq

    ” January transfer window is completely bungled as always. We sign one very disappointing player ”

    Mind you, I’m not defending Wenger’s incompetence in the transfer window BUT last two January windows have brought us Monreal and Gabriel. Hardly ‘disappointing’.

  2. steve

    Of course Wenger is the most successful Arsenal manager. He’s been here almost 20 years. It would be embarrassing if he wasn’t the most successful at this point.

  3. Louis Almeida

    This is a very interesting article which compares the relationship between Cazorla-Ozil and Ramsey-Ozil. Essentially it says that Arsenal are a lot more dangerous with Ramsey because he occupies the space that Ozil leaves in the middle and has the stamina to get back, whereas Cazorla is less inclined to take up that space before of his lack of athleticism. I never thought of it that way. Arsenal tend to lose technical security when Cazorla doesn’t play but it seems playing Ramsey there makes Arsenal much more dangerous. I guess I didn’t want to believe it because Cazorla is my favourite player after Ozil, but maybe now with Cazorla getting on it should be Ramsey in the middle with a type like Neves/Carvalho. Could make us extremely dangerous: http://dailycannon.com/2015/12/ramsey-and-ozil-arsenals-central-intelligence-agency/

    In the 2013/14 season Ramsey got 16 goals and 10 assists from CM. He was arguably the most dangerous CM in Europe that season. I think keeping him there long term over Cazorla now may be the way to go. And the stats back it up too.

  4. Louis Almeida

    Think I will spend the rest of the work afternoon watching Ramsey’s 2013/14 season lol. He was a beast:

    Hopefully if he stays fit and healthy he can continue his partnership with Ozil and reproduce this on a regular basis.

  5. RayGooner

    It’s difficult to be in form when you’re always injured…..

    And that may be the one thing i can’t understand with Wenger….

    Why players always get injured so much, it’s been like this in the last 10 years (roughly).

    It can’t be just “bad luck”…..

  6. Joe

    Ray

    Well put. But for me Wenger has nothing to do with the new stadium, practice facility etc. It’s not his money or his own hands. Arsenal have always been on the biggest clubs and a new stadium was in talks before Wenger.

    As for top 4. I don’t consider it an achievement. It’s the bare minimum considering our rescources