A first season of near Limparian and Overmarsian standards
ARSENAL 4 READING 1
FROM GOODPLAYA AT THE EMIRATES
SATURDAY was one of those chalking-another-one-off-the-list occasions you sometimes get at this time of year. Ideally it would be in a race for the title but, hey ho, there is at least something to be played for.
We did pretty well against opposition who look destined for the Championship. It was hard to see what Reading’s game was – they neither pressed particularly, went for it particularly or parked or a bus particularly.
Looking at the big picture of the squad, I’m unsure one would be well advised to draw too many conclusions from a midfield of Arteta, Rosicky, Ramsey, Gervinho and Cazorla. Dominate as they did, it is not a five that will us the title anytime soon.
One of those five is a little special though. What is not to like about Cazorla? Goals, two feet, creativity and a Barcelonalike intensity when trying to retrieve the ball. His cross-shot for the first was intelligent, his curled shot for the second beautiful.
The question, I suppose, is where his first season ranks compared to those of other attacking midfielders we’ve seen of late. In my view comfortably better than Pires, Nasri, Ljungberg, Hleb, Rosicky and anyone else other than Limpar and Overmars and even then it is probably only the fact we won the league in those seasons that puts them a nose ahead.
Sorry this report isn’t longer – I blame the combination of a birthday and a bank holiday for the slackness.