Arsenal are hitting a bit of a stride heading into a patch of games you’d hope good form should see us win. Basel aren’t a European powerhouse, but they’ve been feeding clubs with great players for many years, so yesterday was never going to be a cake walk (walking a cake is easy?).
It was though… we blitzed them. They had no answer to our crisp passing, smart movement and clinical finishing. Well, I say clinical, we were clinical in the first 30 minutes.
Theo Walcott continued his career rejuvenation with another very good performance. His opening goal started deep in midfield, Cazorla freeing Sanchez with a beautifully weighted long ball over the top, Sanchez picked up play and whipped in a looping cross that Theo nodded in.
His second was mostly made through his own force of NEW personality. He picked the ball up off Xhaka about 40 yards out, played a neat one-two with Sanchez burst through the Basel defence then rocketed home to the far post.
When he doesn’t have time to think, he’s as deadly as they come…
2-0 up after 26 minutes, and it was game over. We knocked the ball about like it was 1998. The team made 700 odd passes. We tried to kill the game, but the finishing wasn’t quite there, but the great thing is that the game was never out of our control.
Our midfield looked very solid. Santi Cazorla really has the team ticking over at the minute. It’s such a shame he isn’t 26 years old. I really wonder who comes into replace him when he’s gone. It’s a big worry for us, we become dependent on a player we don’t really have a backup for. If Wenger is to be believed, that could be Xhaka. I’m not quite sure the two players are that similar. Maybe it’s Ramsey? Or maybe it’s a different type of midfield when he’s not there.
David Ospina kept a clean sheet with a good save right at the end. He must have been pretty bored out there. A good start to the Champions League for him this year. We have two back to back games against Ludogorets Razgrad. Win those and we put ourselves in a very good position to take 1st position in the group. First time since 1987 I hear.
Not too much to report on… well, bar Roy Kean LAMBASTING the players for wearing gloves.
“But the crunch games are coming up for them over the next few months, when the cold nights come in and we’ll see half the Arsenal players with their gloves on.”
Pick the comment apart and I get where he’s coming from. I love the play at the moment, I love that Arsenal fans are saying things like, ‘this feels different’… pause for a moment though. It’s not different. We’ve been here before. We are a great 7 month team. Have been for a while. ‘Different’ will be taking this for into February. Different will be keeping the squad fit. Different will be taking down the big guns consistently and staying focused.
… but picking on people wearing gloves? Bit embarrassing. It’s a bit of a dated view these days. ‘Tough guys don’t feel the cold’… oh do fu*k off Roy. The man reeks of insecurity, constantly referencing back to how tough he was back in the day. Get over yourself son. Maybe if he were a little less miserable, he’d have a job these days?
Anyway, it’s been a very good few weeks. I’m excited to see us play, which is new. Let’s make it a good three months. Let’s make it count.
Enjoy the result, Burnley up next!
P.S. Had a really weird dream that I was negotiating with Pep Guardiola about moving to Arsenal. He’d be sacked along with Jose Mourinho. As an FYI, he was massively into the move.