Another day, another win. The good times just keep rolling for Arsene Wenger. The manager said that we’d gone from hell to heaven and he’s not wrong.
Nothing more satisfying than sticking it to Troy Deeney. It shows how low we’ve sunk that anyone cares what that clogger thinks, but reality is, we’re hanging out near the midtable these days, so he’s our level and it’s fine to find joy wherever you can under this regime. Not only did we beat the side he was captaining, he missed a penalty when they were still very much in the mix. I guess he didn’t have the cajones? Or maybe he’s just a bit shit…
There were other milestones, quite a few in fact. Mustafi scored Arsenal’s 1000th Premier League goal, making us only the second side to reach that number (United have 1066). Mesut Ozil joined the ‘I made it to 50 assists quickest’ club, nudging Eric Cantona out the way by nailing it in 141 games. Petr Cech finally landed his 200th clean sheet, an immense record for the legendary keeper. It was also Arsene Wenger’s 700th win of his career, an equally mega achievement, that’s been helped along by the fact he’s indestructible.
The game was pretty easy, Watford couldn’t get under our skin, and we pretty much flatlined them when Mustafi scored a really good header from an Ozil freekick.
Our second came from Aubameyang, Mikki slipped him in as he ran the line perfectly from the left, making no mistake on his second one on one of the game.
The third was a reverse of the partnership, Auba laying off the Armenian to bundle a scrappy shot past a keeper who looked like his view was slightly hindered.
I was very excited to see Mikki coming into his own. He’s had 4 assists and 2 goals in 6 games. Pretty good going considering the absolute state of the club at the moment, and it certainly bodes well for next season. Auba spoke after the game about finding his confidence, the guy is a very different player to the strikers we’ve had of late. He’s very much about hanging off the last man and sniffing out scraps in the box. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when Lacazette comes back into the team. How well will he work with Mikki and a team finding their feet?
Nearly the perfect day, but Mustafi limped off injured. Hopefully not too much of a big deal, because it’d be great to have him ready for Milan at home on Thursday. I guess the other bit of good news is we managed to rest Koscielny and Ramsey without getting spanked. Having those two at their best for Europa League is essential.
The other black mark on the day was the fan protest. Empty seats were a real blight on the TV. Wenger had his say on that.
“There is a lot of negativity. It is like rain in England, it is easy to get,”
“Of course I worry because I want our fans to be behind the team, but after what happened in that week it is understandable.
“We want to have the fans on our side and we do everything to make that happen.
“I respect everyone’s opinion but I focus totally on my job.”
It’s always amusing when Wenger’s microaggressions come through. The lack of self-awareness around his part is staggering. The negativity is his baby. Arsenal fans aren’t unique to being fed up when they’re being fed utter dross. At least we don’t storm the pitch and try and fight players. Anyway, Wenger can call the current situation heaven, but a few wins until the end of the season shouldn’t fool anyone. We’re 12 points off the top 4, that’s the headline of the season, even if we do snare the Europa League.
Our Italian friends warmed up for that game with an away win at Genoa, they wrapped up the game in the 94th minute. Hopefully, a double away week will have them leggy on Thursday.
Right, the podcast is going to be Thursday this week, might as well do a big one after the Milan game.
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