I like it when we go through a period of calm after our usual hurricane start of the season. Swansea started out a little stormy, we totally dominated proceedings, yet still found ourselves 0-1 after switching off. Abraham capitalised on Koscielny’s poor first touch, he weighted a perfect pass into Clucas who made easy work of a rash Petr Cech decision to come off his line.
Wenger instructed his team to be ‘quicker, sharper, with more penetration’, at halftime and it did the job. The team reacted with vigour, a Mesut Ozil shot bounced out to Kolasinac who showed great composure to side-foot into the far right corner. He had plenty of time to think himself into a miss, so props to him that his inner Chamberlain didn’t conspire against him.
The second goal came shortly after from an unexpected source. The boot of Aaron Ramsey who has an incredibly poor record in front of goal. The messenger was Kolasinac who crafted a well-weighted pass at the front post, with Aaron on hand for a deadly near-post finish.
Arsenal managed to avoid any dramas closing out the game outside losing MoTM Kolasinac to an injury. Hopefully, that’s not too serious.
Arsene racked up his 400th home win and took our Emirates record to 13 wins in a row.
Great news that Mesut Ozil is now joint top chance creator with KDB, dropping another promising performance, doing his bit for the team. Maybe the awareness he’s not prime meat in the shop window is pushing him to do a little more to show he’s worthy of a big move when he ups sticks.
The table is starting to shape up as well. Exactly as I said it would a few weeks ago. We’re nailed on to be in and around the top 4 this season.
The fear is that us being a point behind Spurs and level with Chelsea allows our familiar friend ‘hope’ to show up. Its just walked up the garden path with a bottle of scotch and two tumblers. Fans are starting to whisper that we might be in the title hunt. Don’t buy into it. Even if we beat City – which feels more likely the more they win – I think we’ll deliver exactly what we do every season. Disappointment.
Once we creep past Christmas and heads start thinking about the World Cup, we’re in big trouble.
Still, if you’re a ‘take it as it comes’ kinda supporter, enjoy the moment. Forget about your worries and your strife. Look for the bare necessities. The simple bare necessities of fandom.
Right, see you in the comments my darlings.