The ‘One Arsene Wenger’ chants are back. And deservedly so
Arsenal 2 Hull 0
From Goodplaya at the Emirates
WHEN Match of the Day is over an hour old and the league leaders are yet to be shown it means only one thing: a composed, drama free win.
And so it was last night. We just look so in control at the moment. Even when we’re not firing fully we’re bossing things, principally because we’re closing the opposition down so well. The comparison with the Arsenal of just two or three years ago could not be more stark. (Almost) gone is the casual, almost halfhearted jockeying of opposition players when they have the ball, replaced by a terrier like determination to treat every fixture as if it is the most important yet.
I said almost in brackets before because while Theo Walcott possesses many attributes, never giving the opposition defenders a moment of piece while in possession is not one of them. And, of course, because of Bendtner.
The Match of the Day critique of him (it was basically omg Bendtner scored) seemed well wide of the mark. His scoring record has never been terrible. It is the attitude and commitment that I have spoken about at length above which has been in dispute. And for me, welcome as his very well worked and expertly taken goal was, it is his inability to work the line and hassle the defenders half as well as Giroud does that means we still must move in the January transfer market. I’m not saying we can’t win anything if we don’t but it will be a whole lot harder.
Both goals were a delight. The brother of Goodplaya was making a rare appearance this season having survived mostly on TV coverage and he was taken aback by the way the Ozil goal, delightfully created by Ramsey, was greeted with a fair delight but perhaps not the gasps of wonderment that it would have elicited a couple of years ago. It was a fair point and one borne out of the fact we’ve become spoilt again this season.
The chant for Wenger was sung with good gusto and rightly so. Thus far he is proving this sceptic wrong and I couldn’t be happier.
Everton on Sunday looks juicy.