Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow…
I HAVE TO WRITE ABOUT SIX GOALS. What a joy. What a fun game.
Sure, Ludogorets are not a great side, but look, this is the Champions League and a lot of the chatter before the game was heavily centred around the issues we’ve had with less than average teams in the past. So to spank the Bulgarians was a big deal… to spank them with some of the most spectacular goals of the season so far, along with a complimentary Ozil hattrick… well dang, you can’t help but lap it up!
The first goal was pretty special. Sanchez released down the left by The Ox, he glides into the box, cuts back, puts two men basically on their backsides then dinks an unreal chip over the keeper into the net. Absolutely spectacular. How could that be topped?
Ozil looked like he pulled a cross badly, but no, it found Theo on the edge of the box, he jinked right and unleashed casual fury into the top corner. You rarely see him show off his shooting skills from outside the box, but thank god he did. His club form is starting to look pretty outrageous… I am definitely not waiting on his customary hammy ping.
Goal 3 came when some left back called Kieran Gibbs crossed low into the box, the ball presented itself to Chambo who stroked home a well-placed shot to the keepers right.
The second half was all about Ozil. I heard that this summer Wenger asked the German to replace his assists with goals, the conversation was banter, but Ozil took it literally. Tonight, he landed as a goalscorer.
His first on 55 came when Santi split the Bulgarian defence with a long ball, Ozil outpaced his man and slotted home. Ozil outpacing an entire backline? Lovely!
The second came when Lucas held his line perfectly, chased down a Chamberlain weighted ball, he cut his cross across the box to the German who bundled the ball him with a first-time strike.
His third and first hattrick ever came from yet more sound work from Perez, he chipped a cross up for Ozil who buried his volley low and hard under the keeper.
WHAT A ROUT. So many sweet goals. Clinical, brutal and a pleasure to watch.
Things we learned…
WENGER IS INTO ROTATION:
Finally, he rotated, and guess what, it paid off! Chamberlain was involved in everything in place of Iwobi… and he stepped up with a goal. Gibbs finally landed more than 6minutes and nothing broke in defence. Theo Walcott was replaced on 62minutes… Wenger clearly taking care of Theorry Walcott’s hamstrings!
It was also good to see Lucas Perez who once again confirmed he’s a pretty damn good signing.
WENGER IS INTO DECIMATION:
Not sure how much we can read into the rout, but it feels like a long time since we humiliated a team. That as a big game for me, it showed we have focus and the drive to kill shitty teams and ramp up our goal difference.
WENGER IS INTO TOPPING THE GROUP:
Yeah, I appreciate he’s probably always been into this, but we’ve made some terrible decisions over the last 6 season that have led to us finishing second and taking on a giant of European football. Maybe the penny has dropped?
WENGER IS RELIANT ON OZIL, SANTI AND SANCHEZ:
Big fears as to what happens if one of his three favourites picks up an injury. Hopefully we can rest them at some point, we certainly have plenty of opportunities to do that over the next month or so. They’re integral to our success this season and they need to have plenty of opportunity to keep fresh.
THIS FEELS GOOD:
It feels great so far this season. Big fear for me, like most, is that this is the usual October hope that is normally proceeded by an utter collapse. How real is this? We’ve beaten some good teams, we’ve scrapped past some average teams… I’m looking for affirmation this is a serious push this season, but I can’t find anything concrete… so we’ll power on, hope in our hearts and pray this is for real.
HAVE A GOOD DAY! x