He’s only gone and done it again… Arsene Wenger dropped Arsenal into ANOTHER Cup Final.
After quite a horrendous month pitted with painful change and new beginnings, Wenger brushed off his nylon zipper jacket, grabbed his players by the scruff of the neck and signalled to the rest of England that he was going to save his job and rattle a trophy into the top shelf of our silverware cupboard.
10 appearances at Wembley in 4 years, 9 wins. Pochewhothefuck?
Wenger set up as pragmatically as he could. Some 4 at the back comfort, he brought in superstar left-back Monreal. He had Iwobi sit in front of him with strict instructions to deal with Victor Moses. Then he basically left the rest of the game to Mesut Ozil to deal with.
Oh my what a peformance the German put in. He ran the show, not with incredible technical ability, but with supreme leadership qualities and hard work. Never before have I seen the mercurial German put in such a dogged performance. His stressed face told you he was going beyond his limits, and more importantly, he was desperate to take a pretty shite side to Wembley.
It didn’t start well, we were a mess at the back, having a close call with a Pedro disallowed goal. Shortly after, Eden Hazard made great work of the half space and crafted a quick move through the middle ending in a simple finish when he found himself one vs one with Ospina.
I’m not sure about you, but I thought we were about to recieve a spanking, but it didn’t pan out that way. We shored up our midfield, weathered the storm and made it count.
Who stepped up? Obvious really. Nacho Monreal. The hero in waiting for the second game running. Ozil found him from a corner, he perfectly headed against two players and found the net. Rudiger not showering himself in glory for sure.
The second half was a bit more Arsenal. We controlled the pace of the game and dominated possession. We dealt with the best and worst of Hazard, a few attacks where he could withstand a cruise missile he was so strong, but he lacked a finish… as well as a very dodgy dive, that could have left us one the recieving end of a red card again. Willian also dragged a good chance dreadfully wide as well.
Arsenal made it count when it mattered. Iwobi dispossessed Victor Moses and started a move from the halfway line that culminated in Lacazette duffing the ball into false #10 Granit Xhaka who toe poked home for the winner. Worth noting the Lacazette cross was deflected off Rudiger.
It’s pretty late here, so I can’t write too much more, but we defended resolutely and were hungrier than a Chelsea who looked very, well, how can I say… Arsenalish?!
Key points to take away.
Ozil is staying at Arsenal. He fought like a hero and showed us he’s one of the best players in the league when he fancies it. There was no need to dig around in weird-stats-land to prove what his game was about last night, bring me more of that please. What an incredible game.
Sometimes Arsenal fans have PTSD when it comes to players. Iwobi did miss a sitter that could have killed the game, but take that away, and he had a good game. He looked after Moses, made a vital tackle that started the move for the goal, and had a pretty decent game. Not just that, he was probably out on the lash until 4am the night before, that’s elite performance however you look at it.
Same for Elneney. He’s more unfashionable than yer da’s velcro trousers, but he did a very good job last night and he deserves credit.
Finally, come on, let’s say it…
He took a confidence ravaged side and helped them turn in a pragmatic win in the semi-final of a cup all the big managers take seriously.
The League Cup shoudn’t save him, but if he pushes us onto fourth with the new players and wins it, we should give him his last season without any shit.
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