Arsenal took three points in what many would call a game you should be taking 3 points in.
No real drama today.
Two early goals from Ozil and Chamberlain kept the afternoon drama free. The opener came when Ramsey floated a long ball into the box, he found Giroud who nodded back to an oncoming Ozil, he timed his run perfectly and smashed his shot high to the right of the keeper.
The second came from Chamberlain, he broke out wide picking up an Ozil pass, he lashed what was clearly a cross at the back post and it went in. Great for his confidence. Great for the team.
This match wasn’t really ‘wow, we’re back’… it was kind of a bit disappointing how many chances we let Bournemouth have. The Flamsey combination (our whatsapp group decided ‘Ramini’ sounded too sophisticated) just isn’t working. What make that problem worse is it looks like it’s being left to fester. Because nothing changes game after game.
When Rambo eventually gets shifted out wide again, he can’t complain. We badly miss Coquelin and we desperately miss the distribution skills of Cazorla. Again, that was another miss from Wenger in the summer. A fit and able deputy to a 31 year old maestro.
Can I mention, again, what a shambles the signing of Elneny has been. He didn’t even make the bench today (*I know he had a kid, but point is, he wouldn’t have started). What was the point in that signing? Someone needs to ask Wenger why he doesn’t sign readymade players when he has a real-time problem. Utterly mental how he goes about winning trophies.
Also, another fabulous game from Petr Cech. He made 3 world class saves, and kept the scoreline respectable, AGAIN. I can’t work out whether I’m over the moon we have someone who can do that, or whether I’m upset about how often he has to save the day? I mean, it doesn’t have to be one of the other, I just do that for effect.
We need to stop leaking chances. If we don’t we’re going to get ripped apart by, errrr, Leicester.
Anyway, important things today.
A clean sheet.
A MEGA weekend next week when the top four teams all play each other. It’s going to be great. How good are Spurs? How good are we? Can City recover? Who is going to take the run in by the scruff of the neck?
Alan Smith said if Leicester win the league, it’s a sad indictment on Arsenal. People get offended by that because it’s a sad indictment on everyone.
NO. Other teams have won the league in recent memory. Chelsea and United won’t be this bad for long. City are sacking their manager at the end of the season (so dim announcing that early). Leicester changed managers in the summer. We are a club that loves to chat stability. We have bitched about having no money for years and how you can’t compete if you’re skint. Now we have a club that has neither of those two competing for real.
This is our time and we’re not taking the bull by the horns. If Leicester win the league, I think it pretty much kills Wenger’s spin for the last decade. It kills his stadium spin. It kills the notion that stability is worth anything in the modern game. It kills his defeatist attitude to winning.
Anyway, it’s all exciting.
BIG weekend for Wenger. BRING IT.