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Brilliant Arsenal warm up freezing crowd, almost.


We were struggling frankly, but the moment Podolski pulled back his left leg I (from around 80 yards away) shouted goal. That is a testament not to my powers of foresight but to the technical perfection of the strike. Beautiful and really it changed the game. Yes, Aaron Ramsey had to clear off the line after that but come half-time even one hardened cynic was calling it a decent performance.

Podolski and Cazorla in particular really found their range. The Spaniard fizzed one ball over the top to Walcott that drew gasps of admiration from a crowd that was freezing. That move didn’t elicit a goal, but before long we couldn’t stop and there was some real beauty about the football we played, even if I am going to take a hell of a lot of convincing that the low corner that resulted in Giroud’s first goal was genius rather than cock-up.

I had thought to myself that a front four of Giroud, Cazorla, Walcott and Podolski does have a certain balance to it, in the same way that in Bergkamp, Henry, Pires and Ljungberg all had different strengths, so it was the case here. Note: This is a stylistic rather than quality comparison!

There is an argument to be made that with an average of exactly two goals a game in the league (46 from 23) we’ve no goalscoring problem to be spoken of. Maybe, but it is also true that 28 of those have come in just five games (Southampton, Spurs, Reading away, Newcastle and West Ham) and if you take those out you’re left with 18 from 18 games, which is not so smart. Of course, removing the best games is in one sense a profoundly unfair use of statistics but I do think it kind of makes the point that it is not number of goals that matter but having someone who will get you one when you need one out of nothing and I think that is probably where we’re lacking.

This was great stuff. Very enjoyable.

The Eden Hazard stuff is indeed very funny though I can’t help thinking it is the kind of incident that used to happen to Arsenal players and which we used to think had been blown out of all proportion by an over the top media. I’m not saying Hazard was right to do it, but I’m not sure its the end of the world either.

6 Responses to “Brilliant Arsenal warm up freezing crowd, almost.”

  1. PD says:

    Great stuff indeed. As usual though tinged with fear that Arsene will see it as reason not to spend !
    Remember Man City when Ramsey played well out of position on the right wing leading to Arsene playing him there over & over & everyone having to watch him struggle ? One good performance as a holding player last night going to lead to the same ?????

    Come on Arsene. Great 3 points but come on, let’s make this last week count in terms of transfers & save our season

  2. Wallace says:

    Some beautiful goals and play. A large part of the problem we’ve faced is the load placed on three players – Cazorla, Podolski and Giroud – playing their first season in England. All three have shown much promise but, understandably, have blown hot and cold. Wenger should have given them more support.

  3. slc gunner says:

    Great to watch. Can we have this every week please! Fair point on how the goals have been spread though.
    On signings: Arsene is certainly talking about 2 players coming in, but in which positions I have no idea. My hunch is a defender and a midfielder or forward. I’m not convinced that there is a new defensive midfielder in our future.

  4. Elvis says:

    At last, Arsenal ditch the laborious build up play that has been such a feature this season; breaking, checking, then playing sideways or backwards. At last Arsenal play to their strengths and look good to watch again. More of the same please Arsene.

  5. PD says:

    slc, I fear you’re right again. Honestly, what the hell is wrong with Arsene ? Starting the season with Arteta as our defensive player was an extraordinarily bad decision; leaving him there for the 2nd half of the season after all the evidence from August to date would leave me lost for words. I don’t know how his unwillingness to address our issues still winds me up at this stage but unfortunately it still does. Until we get a ‘bully’ in our midfield we’re just not competitive. How much more evidence does he need ?????

  6. Madness says:

    I wish you blogged more. Honestly you’re the best blog out there in a sense where it’s always your own opinion and you don’t seem influenced by what everyone else says. It’s bloody refreshing and i wish the old days would come back. Awesome blog mate.

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